Houseparent at Hershey School charged with fondling girl, 8

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HERSHEY, Pa. (AP) — A houseparent at a Pennsylvania school established by the Hershey chocolate company's founder has been charged with fondling an 8-year-old girl while she slept.

Police say the girl told another houseparent at the Milton Hershey School that it happened Friday.

Forty-one-year-old Fernando Zagaceta, of Hershey, faces charges including indecent assault on a child under 13 and unlawful contact with a minor.

His attorney didn't immediately return a call seeking comment Tuesday. Zagaceta faces a preliminary hearing July 21.

The K-12 school is a free, private, co-ed boarding school for children from low-income families. It says Zagaceta has been removed from campus.

The school says it's cooperating with police and doesn't believe any other children were victimized.