SECRET SHAME OF OUR SCHOOLS – FIVE STAFFERS YOU DON’T WANT NEAR YOUR KIDS
The Post reported its analysis of 117 cases of sexual abuse substantiated by Schools Special Investigator Edward Stancik's office over 2 1/2 years. The Post has chosen five examples out of those cases that highlight the system's flaw.
1. On March 19, 2001, Edilberto Correa, a 44-year-old teacher at IS 162 in Brooklyn, was sentenced to a year of probation for third degree sexual abuse charges. Police caught him tongue-kissing a 15-year-old ex student. The Board of Education was told by Stancik's investigators about the conviction, but officials refused to discipline him. Correa has been reassigned to a desk job at District 32 office since September 4.
2. Irwin Goldberg, a 53 year old dean at Adlai Stevenson HS in the Bronx, was accused of raping two boys aged 15 and 16 during the 1980s when he was a science teacher. The accusations surfaced after the victims, who are now adults, talked to investigators this year. One victim said Goldberg kept him after class and masturbated. Using a hidden camera, a victim confronted Goldberg, who allegedly confessed. On December 18, he was assigned to Theodore Roosevelt HS and retired in April.
3. In June 1999, Dorothy Lambiris, a 54-year-old educational evaluator at Norman Thomas HS, was accused of having sex with a 16-year-old student, who in turn allegedly cooked and cleaned for her. The boy attempted suicide when Lambiris severed the alleged relationship and later began threatening her. She was reassigned to the Manhattan superintendent's office in 1999 and later retired.
4. In July 1999, Richard Plass, a 55-year-old assistant principal at Stuyvesant HS in Manhattan, was accused of watching pornographic movies and sexually abusing a 14-year-old student. He was reassigned to the Manhattan HS superintendent's office in MLK on May 24 and he eventually retired. He pleaded guilty to sex abuse and got three years of probation.
5. In July 1999, Edward Figueroa, a 42-year-old biology teacher at Martin Luther King HS, was accused of having sex with three 17-year-old female students. He allegedly even paid for one to have an abortion. The girl, who was distraught, dropped out of school and Figueroa allegedly used an NYPD friend to forge letters and make threats to intimidate the victims. He was reassigned on February 24, 1999 to the Office of Summer and Evening HS and eventually quit.