Is there any job creepier than school janitor? I mean besides anything that has the word clown attached to it. I never encountered the predatory school janitor while I was in school but unfortunately I knew too many people who did, some with very harrowing tales to tell. I’m sure that most school janitors are fine but it’s the few rotten apples that seem to inevitably spoil the bunch.
One school janitor that’s rotten to the core is 51-year-old Hernan Zapata. Zapata is a janitor at a middle school in Brooklyn and was working by himself in the school on Saturday. A 17-year-old former student of the school was there to meet a friend of hers. Zapata allegedly grabbed her and raped her inside one of the school offices. His 21-year-old is defending the married father.
“This is the craziest thing that has happened to us. There’s no way he would do this. He’s not capable of something like this. He comes straight home after working, when he’s not working, he’s with us,”
“(He worked there) close to 17, 18 years. Everyone knows him, go to the school, everyone will know him. They will all say good things,” Zapata said through sobs, declining to identify the school where her father works. “I don’t know why anyone would say that. Whoever said that is going to hell.”
Well, he was at work and on duty at the time of the alleged attack so there’s that. Not to mention that no one really knows what anybody in their family does when they’re not around. Is it possible that Zapata is being wrongly accused? Yes, there’s always that possibility but just because he has no prior arrests doesn’t mean that this is his first time. It only means it’s the first time he got caught.