Substitute teacher arrested for allegedly twisting a male teenage student’s nipples

teacherverification February 23, 2012 0

By Kevin Deutsch,Corinne Lestch

A Bronx substitute teacher has been arrested after allegedly twisting a student’s nipples in school, prosecutors said.

Chukwuma Duru, 27, a substitute at Bronx Career and College Prep High School in Morrisania, was charged with forcible touching, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.

The 16-year-old student told cops Duru touched his nipples inappropriately during two separate instances on Feb. 10.

Duru was released without bail.

His sister, Amarachi Duru, said she the charges against her brother were a “misunderstanding,” adding that he is an extremely religious man who is getting his masters.

“When I saw the news I started crying because I don’t think that’s something my brother would do. The story is all messed up,” she said. “It’s not like him at all and anyone who knows him would know.”

Duru has been a substitute in city schools since only December 2011. He was suspended from his job when he was arrested.

“We are cooperating with the police investigation,” said agency spokeswoman Deidrea Miller.

The education department said a criminal background check on Duru turned up nothing nad that he had no prior investigations in schools.

The school, located at 800 Home St., is on the same campus as Dr. Richard Izquierdo Health and Science Charter School, where another teacher was arrested Thursday for allegedly punching a sixth-grader.

That teacher, Evelyn Tirado, was arraigned Wednesday.

With Ben Chapman

Source: nydailynews

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