Brooklyn Principal Accused Of Asking 15-Year-Old Student For A Blowjob
|Brooklyn principal William Abreu|
The latest school employee to face accusations of inappropriate sexual behavior with a student is 43-year-old William Abreu, an assistant principal at Progress High School for Professional Careers in Brooklyn.
According to a report detailing an internal investigation, Abreu made sexually innappropriate comments to three 15-year-old female students, including asking on of the girls for a blowjob.
Special Commissioner of Investigation Richard Condon issued the report yesterday. He calls the alleged comments "some of the worst comments that I've seen."
The three alleged victims told investigators that they were solicited to apply for summer jobs at the school by 47-year-old school aide Arelis Candelario. While interviewing for the job, Abreu allegedly asked each of the girls if they were sexually active. As we mentioned, he also asked one of the girls for a blowjob.
"The three girls go up there," Condon tells NY1. "The first girl goes in, he starts a conversation, 'I'm gonna ask you some personal questions.' He starts to ask them some very inappropriate questions about their sex life and about what they would be willing to be doing sexually with him."
New York City teachers involved in sexual misconduct with 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.Abreu has since been removed from the classroom.
Arelis, who's accused of lying to investigators about her involvement in the alleged misconduct, has been suspended without pay.
The case has been turned over to the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office