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Kozlowski middle school gym teacher. Photo: WPIX screenshot Kozlowski middle school gym teacher. Photo: WPIX screenshot  

Students accuse gym teacher of masturbating to porn at middle school

A Long Island physical education teacher has been arraigned on child endangerment charges after four students allegedly discovered him masturbating while watching internet porn at school.

Aaron Kozlowski, 31, stands accused of committing the sordid crime in February, reports WPIX. Prosecutors say the incident occurred in a locker-room office at North Shore Middle School in the hamlet of Glen Head.

The children who say they witnessed Kozlowski’s autoeroticism are all ages 12 and 13. They didn’t report what they allegedly saw until recently.

Kozlowski, who has since been suspended from his job, reportedly turned himself in to the police. He was released without bail after he signed an order of protection that prevents him from having any contact with the children.

At the arraignment, Kozlowski’s fiancée appeared by his side. So did his mother.

One of Kozlowski’s attorneys, Rick Ostrove, told CBS New York that his client is an innocent man.

“I think that at least one of the kids has something against him, and that he so much said so to other teachers who will be witnesses to that,” Ostrove said. “They’re middle school kids. They make things up.”

Kozlowski has a clean arrest record and his attorney stressed that his reviews at the school have been favorable.

“My client’s been there for nine years and has never done anything wrong,” Ostrove told CBS.

Two of the four students who have accused Kozlowski have a lawyer themselves, who alleges that the middle schoolers have found handwritten notes containing death threats in their lockers.

“Until we know who issued those death threats, they will remain frightened,” the attorney, Peter Bongiorno, told CBS New York.

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