Yet another New York City teacher was arrested for sexually abusing a student, as cases of similar standing continue to mount. The Brooklyn gym teacher could easily be the 15th city Education Department employee to be convicted of criminal charges this year, according to NY Daily News.
Authorities said that more Department of Education staffers have been arrested this year than in all of 2011, during which 13 employees were criminally charged. Esran Boothe, a teacher at Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment, was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing a 16-year-old female student.
Boothe reportedly squeezed the young girl's buttocks and is now being charged with third-degree sex abuse and forcible touching, according to authorities. Following the arrest, the former gym teacher, who has worked in city schools since 2003, was put on desk duty.
However, Chancellor Dennis Walcott has every intention of firing Boothe. A staff member who violates the trust of our students and families does not deserve to work in our schools, Walcott said. Anyone who does will be removed and we will do everything in our power to make sure they never work here again.
Earlier this year, teacher's aide Taleek Brooks was arrested at Public School 243 for taking pornographic pictures of his students. Similarly, two city school employees were arrested for sex abuse just prior to Brooks. Officials have begun a review of Department of Education employees who have faced previous allegations of misconduct.