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Queens computer teacher charged with groping 3 more children


A Queens computer teacher arrested this year in the molestation of two students has been charged with fondling three others, officials said Thursday.

Wilbert Cortez, 49, is accused of molesting five boys between 2007 and 2011 on multiple occasions at PS 174.

Cortez — who was reassigned out of the classroom after his Feb. 16 arrest — was arraigned Wednesday night in Queens Criminal Court.

The teacher — who has been working in city schools since 1986 — is accused of placing his hand on the genitals of two students, ages 6 and 10, over their clothing while they were seated in his classroom, the district attorney said.

Cortez would also allegedly fondle the 10-year-old through his clothes while he helped clean the classroom after the lessons were over, officials said. Cortez also is accused of going into the teacher’s bathroom with an 8-year-old boy and fondling him under his clothing, officials said.

Cortez could be looking at 14 years in prison if convicted on all counts, officials said. He was released Thursday on $60,000 bail and is due back in court on June 11, according to officials and Correction Department records.

In 2000, an investigation revealed Cortez slapped two students on the buttocks on three different occasions in 1999 and 2000 at PS 184 in Brooklyn. A disciplinary letter was placed in his file.