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Harford County State's Attorney Office

Release Date: July 07, 2005
Contact: Joseph I. Cassilly, State's Attorney, 410.638.3500, or Email


A teacher who had been charged with molesting a student has entered a guilty plea. John Joseph Zappola plead guilty today to one count of sexual abuse of a minor. The defendant will receive a suspended ten year sentence and be placed onfive years probation. The defendant will resign as a teacher and not sek future employment as a teacher or where he will come in contact with children. The defedant will receive counselling and regfister as a sex offender.

The State agreed to drop the remaining charges. The case was handled for the State by Assistant State's Attorney Diane Tobin of the Harford County Chil Advocacy Center.

Questions about this release should be directed to State's Attorney Joe Cassilly, 410-879-3204.


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