31-year-old John M. Azabache was having an affair with a student between March and July of this year. The student's family found out about the sexual relations and alerted authorities. Azabache turned himself in only hours before he was to be married.
Azabache was released on bail and instructed not to contact the student or his fiancee (who, justifiably, is upset). The fiancee is now on the prosecution's witness list.
The bride’s 92-year-old grandmother, Josephine DeLuccia, told the Journal News that “He always seemed like a nice guy. I don’t know what happened. You men are all alike. You stink. I hope they send him to jail forever.”
Asked about the wedding, Azabache's lawyer said, “I assumed it was called off. Frankly, that is nothing I discussed with him.”