Teacher from Yonkers accused of student sex abuse

teacherverification June 28, 2013 0


A Bronx high school music teacher from Yonkers has been arrested on charges of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old female student on two occasions at the school, authorities said.

Brian Kearins, 33, was arraigned Wednesday in Bronx criminal court on charges of rape, criminal sex act, endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree sexual abuse. Bail was set at $15,000.

A teacher at Lehman High School in the Bronx since 2003, Kearins has been removed from the school and reassigned away from students, New York City schools spokeswoman Erin Hughes said.

“We will be seeking his termination,” she said. Kearins, whose annual salary is $69,720, doesn’t have any prior investigations, Hughes said. He was provisionally certified to teach music in 2002 and received his permanent certification five years later, state education department records show.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by The Journal News, Kearins is accused of having sex with the girl between Oct. 15 and Nov. 30 and engaging in a sex act with her between March 15 and April 30 of this year.

Kearins’ lawyer could not be reached for comment Thursday. No one answered the door at Kearins’ Yonkers home.

Officials at the school at 3000 E. Tremont Ave. declined to comment.

Another Bronx teacher was charged last week with raping a 10-year-old student. Anthony Criscuolo was arraigned on charges including rape, predatory sexual assault against a child and endangering the welfare of a child.

Wednesday was the last day of classes in New York City’s public school system.

This article originally appeared on lohud

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