A Paterson NJ teacher has been removed from his classroom because of pending sexual assault charges out of New York City.
According to authorities, the 36-year-old suspect is accused of engaging in illicit sexual contact with students at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens, New York. The suspect was a special education math teacher at the NYC school before the allegations surfaced.
School officials began an investigation into the suspect after students came forward with allegations that he had exposed himself in the classroom, touched a female student s breast, and engaged in oral sex with a male student.
The suspect was ultimately fired by the NY school.
The suspect later secured employment at Don Bosco Technical Academy in Paterson, New Jersey. However, he reportedly failed to disclose the pending sex crime allegations when he applied for the teaching position at the Paterson school.
Now the suspect has resigned from his post as a teacher in Paterson NJ.
If the suspect is eventually convicted on the very serious sex crime charges in New York, he could face severe penalties. Had the suspect been charged in New Jersey, he would have been subject to equally severe criminal penalties. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3(b), criminal sexual contact is usually classified as a fourth degree felony and carries a potential punishment of up to 18 months in New Jersey State Prison.
While the NY charges are pending, the suspect s attorney has said that the suspect may consider filing a defamation suit against the students who accused him of illegal activity.
For additional information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Paterson Middle School Teacher Resigns amid NYC Sex Allegations.”