An attorney for Sharpstown High School Principal Rob Gasparello said Wednesday that he hopes prosecutors will reconsider charging Gasparello with three counts of failing to report child abuse.
"I think and hope and pray that when this is all over that we'll be able to convince the District Attorney's Office that it was a mistake to charge this man," attorney Rusty Hardin said, with Gasparello at his side.
Hardin addressed the news media after Gasparello and a Sharpstown assistant principal, Silvio Leiva, appeared briefly in court before rescheduling their hearings for Jan. 6.
, 58, and Leiva, 50, dressed in suits and ties, left the packed courtroom silently.
, highlighted last year in a televised documentary about his
efforts to improve Sharpstown
, is accused of failing to report three cases of alleged child abuse to law enforcement or Child Protective Services within the mandatory 48 hours.
Hardin, whose clients include high-profile athletes such as Roger Clemens, is representing Gasparello
without a fee, according to a spokeswoman.