special ed. teacher charged after groping 17-year-old student at Queens high school

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A 59-year-old teacher at a Queens public school has been arrested after he allegedly groped a 17-year-old student on Tuesday, police said.

Michael Taylor was arrested and charged at around 3:45 p.m. with forcible touching and harassment for an alleged incident with the girl at August Martin High School in South Jamaica, according to authorities.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by QNS News, Taylor, who is listed on the school's website as a special education teacher, approached his 17-year-old student and said, "I see you have been acting funny lately," before placing his hand inside her pants pocket and rubbing her thigh.

Taylor was reportedly taken into custody inside the school.

In a statement, a New York City Department of Education spokesperson condemned Taylor's alleged conduct.

"Every student has a right to feel safe and welcome at school," said deputy press secretary Sarah Casasnovas. This alleged behavior is extremely disturbing, and Mr. Taylor was immediately reassigned away from the school pending the outcome of an investigation