A public school teacher in the Bronx has admitted she performed oral sex on a 14-year-old boy on ‘multiple occasions and in multiple locations’ but will not be facing a prison sentence or be forced to hand over her teaching license.
29-year-old Dori Myers, a social studies teacher at The New School for Leadership and the Arts in Kingsbridge, pleaded guilty to a criminal sex act, requiring her to register as a sex offender.
Myers, the wife of a Rockland County sheriff’s officer, appeared at Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday, one day before she was scheduled to in order to avoid the media and press.
Justice Michael Orbus was beseeched by prosecutors to sentence Myers to two years in prison and order that she surrender her New York state teaching certificate, but he had other ideas, planting her with a mere 10 years’ probation, the New York Post reports.
Defence lawyer Andrew Stoll said Myers will be fired by the city Department of Education ‘and won’t be working for them anymore’. Still, he asked the judge to allow her to keep her license.
There is a possibility that she could teach adults now or in the future and we want to preserve that possibility.
She still is a talented teacher and has those skills, and I don’t see any reason to destroy her ability to make a living and to contribute to society in a positive way.
The judge said:
This would be a matter that any licensing agency will be able to consider, if they choose to do that, and of course any employer.
The state Education Department usually reviews such cases to determine whether to revoke an teacher’s license.
I just want to make the record clear that Ms. Myers is aware that she must register as a sex offender.
Police were alerted of Myers’ salacious wrongdoings after the boy — reported to be one of Myers’ students — told a fellow pupil, who then told a school administrator.
Myers was arrested January 19 and originally pleaded not guilty. Stoll called Myers ‘a model citizen who looks forward to clearing her name.’
Orbus set sentencing for September 12, ordering Myers to report immediately to probation.
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