A high school teacher in the Bronx was stony-faced Saturday as she denied allegations of sexual assault on her teenage student.
Dori Myers scowled as prosecutors accused her of performing oral sex on a 14-year-old boy, according to the New York Post.
The 29-year-old, who teaches social studies at The New School for Leadership and the Arts in Kingsbridge, was also seen massaging the victim, according to a witness statement.
Myers was arrested Friday night and charged with the criminal sexual act in the second degree and endangering the welfare of a child.
Prosecutors said Myers ‘abused her position as a trusted authority figure,’ requesting a $50,000 bail.
But Judge Laura Drager denied the request and released her on her own recognizance, according to the Post. Drager issued a 30-day order of protection which mandates Myers must stay away from the victim.
Police were notified of the alleged sexual encounter after the victim, who is thought to be one of the Myers’ students, told one of his classmates.
That classmate told a school administrator, who notified the police, according to the Post.
The criminal complaint claims the assault took place somewhere in Upper Manhattan on November 1.
Myers denies the allegations, according to her lawyer Andrew Stoll.
She lives in Rockland County where her husband is sheriff’s deputy.
Stoll told the Post that Myers started a track team at the Bronx high school – where she has worked since 2014.
‘It takes just one person’s accusation to make an arrest in this town and she’s a model citizen who looks forward to clearing her name,’
The teacher’s Facebook page showed a series of smiling photos in which she laughed with friends and drank straight out of champagne bottles before it was deleted.
Myers also wrote about her students and partying in a number of different posts.
In several now-deleted photos, she wore shirts with catchy slogans referencing alcohol – such as ‘Whisky makes me frisky‘ and ‘Champagne all day.’
In a tweet from 2015, which has now been deleted, Myers bragged that her students often commented on her looks.
she claims one student told her:
‘Ms. You’re like, really pretty, but, no offence, you got a big forehead’
The Department of Education has called the allegations ‘deeply troubling,’ but said Myers has no prior disciplinary history. She hasn’t been fired, but was reassigned ‘away from students.’