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Teacher who was caught by fiancee raping underage student claims their cat opened bottle of lubricant

By Mason White 5:30 PM March 2, 2015
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By: Chan Yuan
A teacher was arrested, charged and convicted of rape after raping an underage student at his home, prosecutors in New York said.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. said that the teacher of the Bronx, who was found in bed with a topless 16-year-old student by his fiancee, was convicted of numerous charges, including child rape.

“Teacher Richard Hovan, 33, totally betrayed his trust by abusing his position of power by engaging in a sexual relationship with a student. The defendant emotionally manipulated this teenager to engage in sexual conduct, and tried to manipulate the evidence and the testimony of a witness in an effort to disguise his actions,” Cyrus said.

Hovan was arrested after being discovered with his Riverdale Country School student in his apartment in Chelsea by his fiancee.

The student had escaped through a fire escape before police arrived.
Hovan denied having a sexual relationship with the student, saying that he was just trying to deal with an emotionally unstable student by doing crossword puzzles in the apartment.

He also said that the bottle of lubricant was opened by his cat. Hovan was also convicted of criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child.