Another day, another teacher gets caught sleeping with a student.
This time around, according to authorities, Mario Quinones, a 58-year-old teacher at Robert F. Wagner Jr. Secondary School for Arts and Technology (“RWSSAT”) in Long Island City, slept with students, both male and female, and current and former.
Quinones cannot be prosecuted for his actions but Special Commissioner of Investigation Richard J. Condon, who conducted the probe, recommended that the social studies teacher be terminated.
From Condon’s report:
The investigation substantiated that Quinones engaged in sexual intercourse and other sexual activities with a female RWSSAT student which continued after the girl had graduated from the school. In addition, Quinones engaged in sexual acts with a male former RWSSAT student after the boy had graduated from the school. We also found that Quinones, the girl and the boy engaged in sexual acts together.
These sexual encounters, which occurred at Quinones’s Manhattan apartment, began when the girl was 17-years-old and continued for several years after the girl had graduated from RWSSAT.
Quinones admitted to engaging in sexual acts with the girl and also to participating in sexual activity with the girl and the boy together.
The Special Commissioner has recommended that Quinones’s employment be terminated and that he be made ineligible for work in the New York City school system. Although Quinones cannot be prosecuted for the aforementioned actions, the matter has been forwarded to the Queens County District Attorney’s Office and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office for their information.