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Ex-Queens teacher sentenced to six months for statutory rape of former student


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The former Queens middle school teacher who confessed to statutory rape dropped his plans to withdraw his guilty plea and was sentenced to six months in prison, the district attorney’s office said.

Daniel Reilly, 36, a married father, admitted in May to having sex multiple times at his Forest Hills home with a 14-year-old girl he used to teach, according to authorities.

His legal team was considering withdrawing his plea earlier this month, a lawyer said, after learning a conviction would keep Reilly from raising his infant daughter.

But the former sixth grade English teacher at I.S. 237 instead followed through with his planned sentencing on Monday, August 19, the district attorney’s office said.

As part of the plea bargain, meant to spare the victim from testifying, Reilly also agreed to serve 10 years probation, give up his teaching license, register on the state’s sex offender registry and take a sex offender reform program, authorities said.

His lawyer did not immediately comment.

The relationship between Reilly and the teen, which began last August, surfaced when her sister found sexually explicit text messages on her phone, according to the district attorney.

The ex-educator, who made close to $62,000 a year, resigned a month after his arrest from the Flushing school, where he had worked for six years, a Department of Education spokesperson said.

 

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Ex-Queens teacher accused of sex with former student reconsiders guilty plea


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The former Queens middle school teacher who pleaded guilty to statutory rape charges may withdraw his plea, his lawyer said.

Daniel Reilly, 36, a married father, admitted in May to having sex multiple times at his Forest Hills home with a 14-year-old girl he used to teach, authorities said.

The former sixth grade English teacher at I.S. 237 was expected to be sentenced this June to six months in jail and 10 years’ probation, according to District Attorney Richard Brown.

As part of the plea bargain meant to spare the victim from testifying, Reilly would have to give up his teaching license, register on the state’s sex offender registry and take a sex offender reform program, authorities said.

But because that punishment could entail restrictions against Reilly raising his infant daughter, his legal team said he is now reconsidering his options.

“We’re contemplating the best course of action to enable his daughter to have a father in her life and to allow him to assist with raising her,” said Reilly’s attorney, Eric Franz.

 

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Former Queens teacher pleads guilty to rape of student


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A Queens middle school teacher charged with statutory rape has pleaded guilty and is expected to be sentenced to six months in jail as part of a plea deal, officials said.

Daniel Reilly, 36, admitted to having sex multiple times at his Forest Hills home with a 14-year-old girl he used to teach, said District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

“As a teacher and an adult, the defendant was in a position of power to know better,” Brown said. “Children should be able to remain children.”

Reilly, a former sixth grade English teacher at I.S. 237, pleaded guilty to second-degree rape. He was also charged in April with committing a second-degree criminal sexual act, endangering the welfare of a child and third-degree sexual abuse.

Those charges were dropped as part of a plea deal, a spokesperson for the district attorney’s office said.

The bargain was also meant to spare the victim from testifying.

Reilly, a married father, will be sentenced on July 22 to six months in jail and 10 years’ probation, according to Brown. He faced up to seven years in prison at the time of his arraignment.

He will also have to give up his teaching license, register on the state’s sex offender registry and take a sex offender reform program.

“This case should serve as a clear and unmistakable warning that law enforcement is prepared under any circumstances to apprehend and prosecute sexual predators who betray and defile youngsters,” Brown said.

The relationship between Reilly and the teen, which began last August, surfaced when her sister found sexually explicit text messages on her phone, the district attorney said.

Reilly, who made close to $62,000 a year, resigned last week from the Flushing school where he worked for six years, a Department of Education spokesperson said.

 

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The Queens middle school teacher charged with statutory rape was a popular, fun educator who shared details about his personal life with his class, students said.

“He was actually a really cool teacher,” said a former student. “He was funny. He joked around with us a lot.”

Daniel Reilly, a sixth grade English teacher at I.S. 237, is accused of having sex multiple times since last November with a 14-year-old girl he used to teach, authorities said.

The 36-year-old married father from Forest Hills was charged with rape, endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse at his arraignment on Tuesday, April 9, according to the district attorney.

“This case is particularly disturbing,” said District Attorney Richard Brown. “Schools should be safe havens for children. Instead, this defendant is accused of sexually preying upon one of his former students and rendezvousing with her at his residence.”

A criminal complaint details several incidents in which Reilly and the victim lay naked in bed together and engaged in sexual activities in his home.

I.S. 237 in Flushing where Reilly is a sixth grade English teacher. (THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan)

The relationship, which allegedly continued for more than nine months, surfaced when the victim’s sister found sexually explicit text messages on her phone, Brown said.

Reilly was arrested on April 8 at 8 p.m. in Forest Hills, said cops.

The educator, who makes close to $62,000 a year, has taught at the Flushing school for six years, a spokesperson for the city’s Department of Education said. He was immediately reassigned out of the school, and there were no prior investigations.

Reilly posted bail for $30,000, according to the district attorney. The educator is ordered to return to court on May 6. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.

Students said Reilly was open with his personal life, telling his class how “goofy” he was in high school as well as his time in the U.S. Navy.

Reilly is also a new father, according to teens who knew him, and welcomed a baby daughter to the world last year.

“That’s pretty unacceptable,” said Mike Chen, whose 14-year-old son attends the school. “Something like that is every parent’s nightmare.”

Reilly’s wife and mother-in-law leave court with his lawyer. (Photo: NY Daily News)

 

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Queens middle school teacher arrested for alleged sexual relationship with student


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

A Queens public school teacher has been arrested for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a student that started when the girl was 13 years old, according to police and published reports.

Daniel Reilly, a 32-year-old English teacher at I.S. 237 in Flushing, was taken into custody Monday night and charged with multiple counts of rape and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police reportedly found out about the eight-month long affair between Reilly and the now 14-year-old after the teen’s sister discovered text messages between the two on her sibling’s phone.

 

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