An 11 year old girl was allegedly sexually abused by a NYC school teacher. 29 year old Daniel Santiago, an elementary school teacher was arrested on Monday and charged with sex abuse and acting in a manner to injure a child under 17. The teacher who worked at the Brooklyn Science and Engineering Academy which shares a building with PS 244 in East Flatbush had been abusing the victim since February this year.
A cousin saw the abuser’s inappropriate messages on the girl’s cell phone
The abuse started on a bus trip. While students were riding the bus, the teacher inappropriately touched the chest of the girl. Then on the same trip but while returning, the teacher sat next to the girl and slipped his hands into her pants to touch her genitalia. He then asked her to touch his genitalia which she did. The same occurred at the school again. The teacher also sent inappropriate text messages and pictures to the 11 year old student.
The sexually abuse would have continued if a cousin hadn’t sounded the alert after he saw the teacher’s inappropriate messages on the girl’s cell phone.
The alleged sexual abuser is married with a child
The alleged sexual abuser is married and is the father of an infant child. He was arraigned and his bail was set at $75,000. His wife was present at the Court with their infant. Parents of other children who were also present at the Court were outraged and were asking how a father could act in such inappropriate manner. They say he should be kicked out of his job and go to jail.
The Department of Education released a statement Monday saying, This teacher was immediately reassigned away from the classroom when we were made aware of this disturbing allegation. We’ll seek to remove him from payroll as quickly as possible while the investigation is pending.