- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 15, 2014

More than 100 school staffers in New York City have had sexual or “inappropriate” relationships with students in the past five years, according to a recent report.

Richard Condon, the special commissioner of investigation for city schools, said he fielded 593 complaints of such encounters since April 2009, and 104 of them were deemed to have merit, the New York Post reported.

“I’m absolutely stunned at that number,” Laura Timoney, a Community Education Council member whose 15-year-old daughter attends a high school in Staten Island, told the Post. “It’s shocking, but what do you do to stop this?”

Frederick Lane, Brooklyn attorney and author of “Cybertraps for the Young,” told the Post he believes that there is a correlation between new technology and the increase in instances of inappropriate behavior with schoolchildren.

“If a kid texts a teacher at 9 or 10 p.m. asking about homework, the reply goes straight to the child’s bedroom,” Mr. Lane said. “These one-on-one conversations can turn personal, creating a quicker sense of intimacy. The electronics make it easier for a predator to gain the trust of a child and then exploit that trust.”

Terri Miller, president of Stop Educator Sexual Abuse Misconduct and Exploitation, or S.E.S.A.M.E., told the Post that what happens between students and staff aren’t relationships, but rather “sexual predation.”

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