Middle school teacher sentenced for sexually assaulting 14-year-old student in Canarsie: DA

Middle school teacher sentenced for sexually assaulting 14-year-old student in Canarsie: DA
Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office

A former teacher at a Canarsie middle school will spend four years behind bars for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student on seven different occasions in 2018, according to Brooklyn’s top prosecutor.

Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Jill Konviser slapped 36-year-old Andre Braddy — a Crown Heights resident and former teacher at Lenox Academy Middle School on Flatlands Avenue — with the four-year sentence on Aug. 22 after he plead guilty in July to second-degree criminal sexual act, promoting a sexual performance of a child and related charges in exchange for the promised sentence.

Prosecutors had been fighting for a five-year sentence for Braddy, who faced up to seven years if convicted at trial.

“This defendant exploited his position of trust to prey on a young student, which is an unconscionable betrayal. Schools should be safe havens and parents must be able to feel that their children are being protected while attending class. I hope today’s sentence brings some closure to the young student and his family, and I remain steadfast in my commitment to protecting our children,” said District Attorney Eric Gonzalez.

An investigation revealed that Braddy, then 34, sexually assaulted a 14-year-old male student on seven different occasions in 2018 between March 19 and April 20 in his classroom and in a bathroom inside the school, according to Gonzalez, who noted that several assaults occurred during school hours.

Braddy was cuffed after the victim’s mother found multiple sexually explicit photos and text messages on his phone and notified the authorities, according to Gonzalez’s office.

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