A teacher in Paterson NJ was removed from his classroom due to pending sexual assault charges stemming out of New York City.
According to officials, the 36-year-old suspect engaged in illicit sexual contact with students while teaching at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens, NY. The suspect worked at the NYC school as a special education math teacher.
School officials and law enforcement started an investigation into the suspect after students accused him of a number of sexual offenses, including exposing himself in the classroom, touching a female student’s breast, and engaging in oral sex with a male student.
The suspect was eventually terminated by the New York school.
The suspect later managed to secure employment at Don Bosco Technical Academy in Paterson, NJ by failing to disclose the pending sex crime charges against him during the application process.
Now the suspect has tendered his resignation from the teaching position at the Paterson school.
If the suspect is convicted on the sex crime charges in NY, he would be subject to significant penalties. Had the suspect been accused of similar sex offenses in New Jersey, he would have faced significant penalties as well. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3(b), criminal sexual contact is typically classified as a fourth degree crime and carries a potential punishment of up to 18 months in NJ State Prison.
For more information about this case, view the NJ.com article, “Paterson Middle School Teacher Resigns amid NYC Sex Allegations.”