Teacher Charged With Raping Her 12 Year-old Student Wants Her Job Back: Don’t Fire Me For ‘Sex With Student’

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May 26, 2015 9:29am PST

A New York City schoolteacher was arrested and charged with drugging her student and raping him after it was found that the pair exchanged over 8,000 text messages over two years.

After being acquitted of the charges, she now wants her job back, and parents aren’t happy.

Claudia Tillery, 45, taught at Stephen Decatur Middle School in Brooklyn for 15 years before she was fired in 2011. She is now arguing that she was acquitted of all charges in 2014, and that the Department of Education hearing’s officer used sealed evidence, DNA tests and the prosecutor’s testimony to ensure that she was fired from her job.

DOE hearing officer Haydee Rosario, however, says that despite the fact that Tillery was acquitted, she still displayed “conduct unbecoming” during her time as a teacher. Evidence shows that she brought the boy to her home without permission from his parents, and that she took him to the Atlantic Motor Inn on multiple occasions. She also provided the boy with $500 in cash.

Rosario added that a DNA test revealed vaginal fluids and the student’s and teacher’s saliva were both on the teacher’s comforter cover. The student also recorded a video of his teacher putting her pants back on in the motel room, and the pair exchanged over 8,000 text messages. In many of these, Tillery refers to the boy as “babe.”

“This is not a ‘he said, she said’ case where my determination hinges on my credibility findings,” Rosario wrote. “In this case, the record is replete with evidence, including the DNA analysis report that corroborates the credible account given by Student A.”

Tillery’s defense was that the boy manipulated her into having a relationship with him, but Rosario isn’t buying it.

Her defense of ‘he made me do it’ reasoning, that Student A, a minor entrusted to her care, caused all of her misery that she endured during her criminal trial and during this disciplinary proceeding, serves to demonstrate why termination of her employment is the only appropriate penalty in this case,” Rosario said.

Somehow, Tillery managed to get acquitted, despite her former student giving a testimony that was described as “candid, detailed, consistent and coherent.”

Tillery has now filed a lawsuit seeking reinstatement. If she were smart, she’d count her lucky stars that she isn’t in jail right now and walk away while she can. Then again, it might be hard for her to find another young victim if she’s not in the classroom…

Do you think this woman should ever be allowed to teach again? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.

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