Teacher accused of touching students

August 19, 2009 3:30:27 PM PDT
A teacher in the Bronx is accused of inappropriately touching a number of female students.Police say an investigation found that 57-year-old Jonathan Polayes, a teacher assigned to Hostos-Lincoln Academy of Science in the Bronx, touched students ranging in age from 11 to 17.

The investigation began in January, when a 15-year-old student said that Polayes touched her on her thigh and made her feel uncomfortable.

Polayes, who has worked for the Department of Education for 20 years, previously had been warned to refrain from touching students after several students complained he hugged or tickled them. In 1994, he was issued a strong and final warning. But in 2002, he was in trouble again at a school in Chelsea. The city tried to fire him, but an arbitrator determined it wasn't a firable offense and suspended without pay for one term.

Special Commissioner of Investigation Richard Condon recommended that Polayes be dismissed from his employment with the Department of Education and be made ineligible for future employment with the DOE. He also referred the matter to Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson for whatever action he deems appropriate.

In a statement, the DOE says Polayes will be reassigned, and it will try to terminate him again. Officials added, "It is unfortunate that it is so difficult to fire someone who obviously does not belong in the classroom."

CLICK HERE to read the full complaint against Polayes and see a description of the incidents that allegedly transpired.


NEW YORK AND TRI-STATE AREA NEWS

USEFUL LINKS:
  • VIEWER PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

  • REPORT TYPO

  • SUBMIT DEBATE QUESTIONS

  • EYEWITNESS TWITTER

  • FIND US ON FACEBOOK



  • Load Comments