Bail for a Brooklyn high school teacher accused of repeatedly having sex with a 16-year-old male student was set at $10,000 during a court appearance Friday.
English teacher Erin Sayar, 36, was arrested Thursday for rape and other charges for engaging in sexual conduct with the 11th grade student at Brooklyn’s James Madison High School, investigators said.
In a detailed account of the alleged sexual encounters, Sayar, who also has a child, picked up the teen at his home around midnight one night late last year and then “took him to Marine Park where they engaged in sexual intercourse in her SUV,” said special commissioner Richard Condon.
Condon said the student confessed to having relationship with Sayar.
The student’s parents, who were seen in court with their lawyer, charge that sex also took place in her office where she tutored the boy, and that she allegedly provided him marijuana.
The parents of the male student in this case have filed a $10 million notice of claim against the Department of Education, and neighbors of Sayar in Park Slope said they are disturbed by the charges.
“She’s having sex with a minor, knowing she has a good man at home and a child; I don’t know,” Zoe Carrero said.
Sayar faces up to four years in prison if convicted.
Close to 20 Department of Education employees have been arrested already this year.
The seemingly never-ending string of arrests are now prompting state lawmakers to act. They’re pushing new legislation that would give school districts the final say on teacher discipline instead of arbitrators. “Every child should be protected from people who are predators,” said State Sen. Stephen Saland (R-Poughkeepsie).
In New York City, teacher discipline is currently decided by an outside hearing officer, a system Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said doesn’t always work. “In one case, an investigator found that a teacher had inappropriately touched a number of female students. This was the teacher’s second hearing for such behavior, but the hearing officer only imposed suspension without pay and a strong warning,” Bloomberg said. ”How can we, as adults, let that teacher go back into the classroom?”