Josh RultenbergSep 21, 2017, 12:15 pmSep 22, 2017, 6:20 am

Sex offender registration hearing for ex-Chappaqua teacher to proceed behind closed doors

Christopher Schraufnagel was given probation with sex offender conditions after admitting to sexual contact with students

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NEW CASTLE — There are new details in the case involving a former Chappaqua Central School District teacher who pleaded guilty to child endangerment and sexual abuse charges back in May.

Thursday was supposed to be Christopher Schraufnagel's Sex Offender Registration Act hearing. The judge in the case, Douglas Kraus, was going to determine the sex offender level designation for Schraufnagel. The judge’s clerk told FiOS1 News that the judge, however, agreed to the defense’s request to make their arguments in writing and submit them to him.

Schraufnagel already pleaded guilty to two counts of child endangerment and one count of sexual abuse. He worked at Horace Greeley High School at the time of the assault. Last November, he admitted to having sexual contact with three high school students over a four-year span. The former drama teacher has then since been stripped of his New York teaching license.

Back in May, Judge Kraus gave Schraufnagel three years of probation with sex offender conditions, including work and residency restrictions and sex offender treatment.

Once his registration is completed, his probation will be transferred to New Jersey, where he is living.

Recently, a federal judge said it was premature to dismiss a civil suit after a Chappaqua student claimed the district failed him while he was being sexually abused. Six other students have filed civil suits.

As for Schraufnagel's case, Judge Kraus' court says the judge will make a written decision by the end of November.

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