A 65-year-old high school teacher in Brooklyn, New York, was arrested for allegedly paying a male student, 16, hundreds of dollars in exchange for sex, according to ABC 7 NY. Officials said that Mervyn Affoon, a business teacher at the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism, began grooming an underage student in February of this year.
The teacher reportedly touched the teen for the first time after class and when the teen objected to his advances, Affoon asked him not to tell anyone about what happened. A week later, while in a school elevator, police officials say that the teacher groped the student, but this time, the teen did not object.
The teen told police that he and his teacher kissed in the elevator before setting up a tryst in Affoon’s apartment home for the upcoming week.
The teacher and his student purportedly began meeting each other at his apartment from March to June. Police say that Affoon had given his student a total of $400 in exchange for sex.
When the summer break was over and classes resumed, the pair began seeing each other again but by this time, the teen had already told his parents.
Officials stated that the Brooklyn teacher became suspicious, but it was too late because police made their move, News 12 Brooklyn reports.
The teacher was arrested Tuesday morning on charges of ”forcible touching, sexual abuse, criminal sex act, forcible touching, acting in a manner injurious to a child under the age of Seventeen, and sexual abuse.”
Anthony Beckford, a resident and activist, stated that he was disappointed after learning that a Brooklyn high school teacher had a month-long relationship with a student. He went on to say that the teacher was supposed to be a “trusted figure.”
The New York City Department of Education released the following statement:
”These disturbing allegations have absolutely no place in our schools and represent behavior that violates the trust of students and families. Mr. Affoon was immediately removed from the classroom and reassigned away from students pending the outcome of this criminal matter.
“These disturbing allegations have absolutely no place in our schools and represent behavior that violates the trust of students and families.”
It was reported that Affoon has been an employee with the education department since 2006, and he has taught at the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism since 2007.
Affoon, who makes $89,700 a year, will remain on the payroll pending the outcome of the investigation. School officials say that the teacher has been reassigned to a desk position in a central office, and he is forbidden from having contact with the students.
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