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cover 1999-2002 - SCI

cover 1999-2002 - SCI

Omar Ayed Our office

Omar Ayed Our office conducted an investigation into inappropriate conduct by Omar Ayed, a 44-year-old Assistant Principal of Social Studies at A. Philip Randolph High School in Manhattan, toward a 17-year-old female student at that school. As detailed in our report, Ayed made the student feel uncomfortable when he instructed her to wear a short, black skirt on the day she would be standing on a table to file books. Other female students then came forward to report that Ayed made sexual remarks and stared at them. Two of Ayed’s female colleagues revealed that they, too, had been victims of his misconduct. Our investigation also revealed a history of physical contact, sexual harassment, and sexual misconduct by Ayed toward students and staff at various schools where he was previously assigned. During the current inquiry, SCI investigators reviewed the prior matters, spoke with witnesses, and verified that the incidents attributed to Ayed had occurred. Recommendations and Results We recommended termination of Ayed’s employment and that he be barred from working for the BOE in the future. In May 2003, the arbitrator for Ayed’s disciplinary case found him guilty of the charges and, as a penalty, suspended Ayed for 27 months. He will be suspended without pay until the first day of 2005-2006 school year. The New York County District Attorney’s Office, which had been considering charging Ayed with Sex Abuse in the 3 rd Degree, has informed this office that it would not be prosecuting Ayed, citing the expiration of the statute of limitations period. Irwin Goldberg An investigation substantiated that Irwin Goldberg, a 53-year-old dean at Adlai Stevenson High School in the Bronx, sodomized a male student starting in 1981 when the boy was 15-years-old. The abuse continued until the victim graduated in 1984. 52

Shortly after the victim transferred to Stevenson, Goldberg lured him into participating in sexual acts, including oral and anal sex. This criminal activity took place in the dean’s office or empty classrooms at the school and at an apartment belonging to Goldberg’s mother, when she was out of town. Under the guidance of investigators from this office, the victim, now 34-years- old, confronted the dean in a series of recorded conversations that took place at Stevenson. Goldberg admitted the prior sexual conduct, but claimed the boy was 17-years-old at the time. Moreover, during the recorded meetings, Goldberg exposed his penis and attempted to entice the now adult victim into new sexual activity. Although they were alone at those moments, the school was fully populated with students and staff. Following the release of our findings of sexual misconduct by Goldberg, a second victim contacted this office. We substantiated that Goldberg sexually abused the boy, then 16-years-old, when he attended Stevenson in 1989. We reported these additional findings to the Chancellor. Recommendations and Results While the statute of limitations which precludes a criminal prosecution had expired, our reports concluded that Goldberg’s acts of sexual abuse toward the victims and his reaction upon seeing one of the students sixteen years later demonstrated that he had no place in the City’s public school system. Consequently, this office recommended Under the guidance of investigators, the now 34-year-old victim confronted Goldberg in a series of recorded conversations at the school. that Goldberg’s employment be terminated and that he be barred from future employment with the BOE. In May 2001, Goldberg resigned from the BOE as part of negotiated settlement. Goldberg agreed not to teach in public or private schools in the NYC area and was required to surrender his teaching license. Goldberg has been placed on the BOE’s ineligible list. 53