An Important Update from KIPP NYC
August 9, 2021
Dear KIPP NYC Community,
We are writing to provide an update relating to allegations of sexual misconduct by two former staff members that we first notified our community about in the Fall of 2017. We recognize this news is upsetting and may provoke different emotions for our community, and we are grateful for the courage of the former students who came forward.
Today, we learned that the US Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) has charged one of the former staff members, Jesus Concepcion, with several charges of illegal sexual activity with minors. KIPP NYC terminated Jesus Concepcion in 2007 for misconduct with a student and cooperated with law enforcement and city and state agencies at the time as they investigated the teacher.
In 2017, we reported that we had received reports from two KIPP Academy Middle School alumni about sexual misconduct from the late 1990s to the early 2000s by two former staff members. Our prior letters to the community reported that we had contacted and were cooperating with law enforcement. At that time, KIPP NYC and KIPP Academy Boards of Directors hired an outside law firm, Debevoise & Plimpton (Debevoise) – a law firm with extensive experience investigating allegations of abuse – to conduct an independent investigation. In December 2017, Debevoise issued an interim public report that described their preliminary findings, and invited anyone with relevant knowledge of sexual misconduct to contact the investigator.
Since 2017, a total of six former KIPP Academy students came forward with credible allegations of sexual misconduct by these same two former staff members, ranging from inappropriate language to physical sexual abuse. In 2018, we were informed that the SDNY was investigating, and we have been cooperating with that investigation ever since.
We are deeply saddened that any child experienced any abuse while a student or young alumni of KIPP NYC. Because of this pending criminal matter, as well as the privacy interests of the former students involved, we will not provide further details at this time.
The safety and well-being of all members of the KIPP NYC community is our most important priority and we are regularly updating and expanding our policies, procedures, and training to recognize and prevent sexual misconduct of any type.
Alicia Johnson, President
Jim Manly, Superintendent
Rafael Mayer, Board Chair