New York schoolteacher RICHARD ALI, right, stands next to his lawyer
Thomas McCullough in a Queens district court in New York on Monday.
Photo: Courtesy the New York Daily News
A biology teacher at an all-girls Catholic prep school in New
Accused of sexually molesting five students
Supreme Court Justice has increased his bail from US$540,000 to
TRINIDADIAN teacher in New York who is accused of sexually molesting
five students has been harassing his victims and enlisting other
students to help him, US prosecutors have claimed.
Richard Ali, a biology teacher at an all-girls Catholic prep school,
has been calling the students he is charged with molesting and begging
the girls not to say anything because it would get him in trouble,
Queens Assistant District Attorney Donna Marie Golia said on Monday.
The 27-year-old defendant was also trying to reach out to other
girls at Manhattans Cathedral High School in an attempt to
get them to do his bidding, Golia said.
Alis attorney, Thomas McCullough, dismissed the new claims
by the assistant district attorney.
His client does not face new charges.
Supreme Court Justice James Griffin, however, increased Alis
bail from US$540,000 to US$750,000, which he was expected to post.
Ali is charged with one count of second-degree rape, six counts
of third-degree rape, one count of second-degree criminal sexual
act, five counts of third-degree criminal sexual act, seven counts
of third-degree sexual abuse and five counts of endangering the
welfare of a child.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said an investigation began
in March when a student told a school guidance counselor of the
alleged sexual abuse.
The guidance counselor, in turn, reported the incident to the school
principal, who then reported it to the police.
In court on Monday, prosecutors charged that Ali tried to thwart
the police investigation by harassing his victims and enlisting
other students to help him.
If convicted, Ali could spend up to seven years in prison.