Another Day, Another NYC Teacher Accused Of Sexually Abusing A Student
In what now has become a trend, another New York City teacher is accused of sexually abusing a student.
The latest alleged pervert is 29-year-old Rafael Sosa, who currently is accused of sexually abusing an 8-year-old student at a Harlem elementary school.
According to authorities, Sosa sexually abused the girl on multiple occasions.
No further details are currently available.
New York City teachers sexually abusing students has become a fairly common/serious problem for the city. A few weeks ago, three different teachers were arrested for sexually abusing students -- in three separate incidents -- in less less than a week.
In addition to how frequently New York City teachers are accused of sexual misconduct involving students, the ones who are busted often get hit with little more than a slap on the wrist. The problem has gotten so bad that Mayor Mike Bloomberg recently proposed legislation that would give the mayor, via the city's school chancellor, more power to dismiss teachers who engage in acts of sexual misconduct in the classroom.
At a press conference last month, the mayor explained that allegations of sexual misconduct, in the current policy, lead to investigations that are resolved by arbitrators who work to please the interests of the United Federation of Teachers and the Department of Education, which can sometimes lead to decisions that are not in the best interest of the students.
Under the proposed law, the DOE says it has been blocked from getting rid of teachers in cases where the city's own independent investigator found instances of inappropriate sexual conduct.
The mayor cites an example of a teacher who touched a number of female students' buttocks, breasts, waists, stomachs, and necks but was only given a 45-day paid suspension by the hearing officer, who determined that the teacher had hugged one student and hugged and tickled another on her waist.
Sosa is expected to be arraigned later this afternoon. Check back for details.
Sam Levin contributed to this post.
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