Math teacher rapes his underage student several times in his home

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By: Wayne Morin 

A math teacher was arrested, charged and convicted of rape after raping an underage student in his home several time, prosecutors in New York said.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., announced the trial conviction of Richard Hovan, 33, a former high school teacher in the Bronx, for the statutory rape of a 16-year-old student.

A New York State Supreme Court jury found Hovan guilty of all of the charges in the indictment against him, which included five counts of Rape in the Third Degree, three counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree, and one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

“Each day we send our children to school, trusting that they are safe from harm in the care of their teachers,” said District Attorney Vance.

“Richard Hovan utterly betrayed that trust by abusing his position of power and engaging in a sexual relationship with a student. The defendant emotionally manipulated this teenage girl to engage in sexual conduct, and attempted to manipulate evidence and the testimony of a witness in an effort to disguise his actions,” Vance added.

Hovan, a math teacher at a private high school in the Bronx, exchanged numerous emails, texts, and phone calls with one of his students over the course of several months.

Hovan was convicted of engaging in sexual intercourse and sexual conduct with that student multiple times in his Manhattan apartment.