By Rachel Monahan , Ben Chapman
The arrest of Esran Boothe, an instructor at Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment, was revealed by authorities as the Daily News reported Tuesday that more DOE employees have been collared this year than in all of 2011, when at least 13 staffers were busted.
Boothe, 49, was busted for allegedly squeezing the buttocks of a 16-year-old student during school hours, DOE officials said.
Boothe, who has worked in city schools since 2003 and earns an annual salary of $72,848, was charged with third-degree sex abuse and forcible touching, police said.
He was put on desk duty following his arrest, and city schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott vowed to have him fired.
“A staff member who violates the trust of our students and families does not deserve to work in our schools — period,” Walcott said. “Anyone who does will be removed and we will do everything in our power to make sure they never work here again.”
After two other city school staffers were busted for sex abuses and subsequently found to have had previous allegations of misconduct, officials began a review of DOE employees who had been flagged for inappropriate behavior.
That effort identified eight other staffers who had been yanked from their classrooms for sketchy actions, including Jonathan Polayes, 60, a veteran teacher who has been investigated for classroom misconduct three times — yet still draws a city paycheck.
Boothe, who has no criminal record and lives in Brooklyn, has no prior allegations of sexual abuse, Education Department officials said. He was due to be arraigned Tuesday, and it was not immediately clear if he has a lawyer.