A math teacher at a New York high school was arrested Monday on charges that she raped a 15-year-old male student, numerous sources reported.
Veronica Pezdan, 28, was arrested Monday after leaving Shoreham-Wading High School in Long Island and was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and two counts of third-degree rape, the Riverhead News-Review reported.
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Suffolk County Police said Pezdan was engaged in a sexual relationship with the male student for the two months prior to the arrest, according to Riverhead Local.
The school’s superintendent Gerald Poole said a staff member tipped the district off about Pezdan a week prior to the arrest, leading to an internal investigation, according to the Riverhead News-Review. Poole said the teacher would no longer work at the district, and that the “individual in question” passed all background checks required by the state.
Pezdan reportedly started working at the district in 2018.
“The Administration and Board of Education are deeply concerned about these allegations,” Poole said, according to the Riverhead News-Review. “Please be assured that the District does not tolerate and condemns such behaviors. The District is fully cooperating with authorities.”
Pezdan is expected to be arraigned Tuesday, Riverhead Local reported.
Days before Pezdan’s arrest, a former Texas public school teacher was arrested after being accused of having had a sexual relationship with a former student. The former student alledged that he and the teacher had sex not long after the boy turned 13. (RELATED: Teacher Charged With Child Sex Abuse Admits To Having Sexual Relationship With Former Student, Police Say)
Numerous other teachers were arrested in April on sex-offense charges related to minors.
A first-grade teacher at Dallas Independent School District was charged with possession of child pornography after investigators say they found numerous images showing an adult male engaging in sexual intercourse with children as young as three. A New York City public school teacher was arrested on charges that he raped a teenager in 2017.