TRYST TEACHER'S BABY
By SUSAN EDELMAN

New York Post
October 6, 2002 -- EXCLUSIVE

A 29-year-old high-school teacher has given birth to a child fathered by one of her teenage students in the latest sex scandal to rock the city's schools system, The Post has learned.

The birth occurred during the recent summer vacation, according to a report compiled by schools investigator Richard Condon.

The teacher won't be charged with a crime because the student, now 18, had reached the legal age of consent, 17, when their sexual relationship began, said Condon's first deputy, Regina Loughran.

"They developed a sexual relationship and she became pregnant," said Loughran, who confirmed the teacher had been the teen's instructor at one stage.

Loughran would not identify the teacher or the school where she taught, saying Condon has not yet released his report into the matter.

But other officials familiar with the investigation say Condon will recommend that the teacher - who remains on the Department of Education payroll - be fired.

The teacher has been "reassigned pending disciplinary action," Loughran said.

Education Department spokesman Kevin Ortiz would not comment on the case late Friday, saying Condon's report "has not been forwarded to us."

The baby bombshell comes on the heels of the arrest last week of a 34-year-old Catholic-high-school teacher on charges she took a 16-year-old student on three sex trysts in city motels.

But the incidents cannot be written off as rare.

Figures obtained by The Post give a shocking insight into teacher-pupil sex in our schools.

The baby-bearing instructor is among 242 public-school teachers accused of criminal or inappropriate sexual conduct with schoolkids in the last decade.

That's an average of 24 incidents each school year. Twenty of the cases recorded involve female teachers.

Since 1991, the city's special commission for investigating schools - the office led for more than 10 years by the late Ed Stancik - has substantiated accusations ranging from rape to "inappropriate relationships" that include touching and sexual harassment, Loughran said.

Of the 242 teachers facing sexual misconduct allegations, 38 - including two women - were arrested and charged with crimes, Loughran said.

The figures don't include other school employees, from principals to custodians, accused of sexually molesting kids.

In last week's incident, Mildred Colon, a Spanish teacher at the all-boy Cardinal Hayes HS in The Bronx, pleaded not guilty to three counts of statutory rape arising from her alleged relationship with a teen.

Colon was fired by the Archdiocese of New York, which runs the school, as soon as the teen's parents came forward with the allegations.

Child counselors say the alleged victim - a tall kid who looks older than his age and who classmates called a "ladies' man" - faces psychological fallout that could take years to resolve.

"Boys who are molested by women are often left feeling ‘lucky,' but as they grow older, they realize this was not luck but abuse, and they were betrayed," said Stephen Braveman, a California-based therapist who specializes in sexual abuse.

The anguish can lead to problems like low self-esteem, alcohol or drug abuse, and difficulty in other relationships with women, Braveman said.

Nora Murphy, a spokeswoman for the archdiocese schools, said the youth is getting "professional and spiritual support," including help from counselors and clergy.

She said the student is "still enrolled" at the school, but she could not say whether he has returned to classes.

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