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Westchester Teacher Arrested on Wedding Day Admits Having Sex With Student

John M. Azabache was a math teacher at Ossining High School

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    John Azabache outside Ossining Court Friday

    A Westchester teacher has pleaded guilty to a rape charge after being arraigned on what was supposed to be his wedding day.

    The Westchester County district attorney's office says John Azabache pleaded guilty Tuesday to third-degree rape for having sex with a 16-year-old student.

    His lawyer, Tony Castro, says Azabache will be sentenced in December to 10 years of probation and will have to register as a sex offender.

    Azabache, of Port Chester, was a math teacher at Ossining High. He was arrested in July when police said he'd had sex twice with the girl.

    His planned July 12 wedding was canceled and his ex-fiancee obtained an order of protection.

    The school district says Azabache has been off the payroll since last week.

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