A New York City elementary school teacher was held on bail Thursday on charges he sexually abused an 8-year-old student in the school, a week after Mayor Michael Bloomberg pushed for more power to fire teachers accused of sex crimes.
Rafael Sosa, 29, of Yonkers, was arrested Wednesday and held on $75,000 bail, accused of multiple sexual acts with the girl between Dec. 1 and June 6, according to a criminal complaint. He was also accused of making her send him love notes over e-mail. The Department of Education reassigned him from his job at Public School 208 in Manhattan, also known as the Alain L. Locke Elementary School, where he had worked since September 2009.
Bloomberg has used the issue to call on the state Legislature to give him more authority to fire tenured teachers accused of sexual misconduct. He wants his schools chancellor, Dennis Walcott, to have the final decision on whether to fire teachers, rather than leaving that question up to independent arbitrators.
This wouldn’t be an issue in Sosa’s case, because he doesn’t have tenure.