From the Times Newsweekly:
A 58-year-old man who taught at Aviation Career and Technical Education High School in Long Island City for over 20 years has been charged with sexually abusing a female student at the school between December 2008 and January 2009.
George Zola, of Valley Stream, L.I., has been charged with first-degree attempted sexual abuse, third degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.
If convicted, Zola, who has taught shop classes at the school, located at 45-30 36th St. in Long Island City, for 22 years and is presently assigned to administrative duties, faces up to four years in prison.
According to the criminal charges, Zola sexually abused one of his female students on multiple occasions by inappropriately touching her breasts, buttocks and vagina over and under her clothing, rubbing his body against hers or taking her hand and forcing her to touch him. On at least one occasion, Zola allegedly told the student, who was 16 at the time, “This is how it’s gonna be.”
The incidents allegedly occurred inside the school between Dec. 1, 2008, and Jan. 22, 2009.
The case came to light when the student informed a school guidance counselor about the alleged abuse in June 2010.
On a related note, Senator Tony Avella is trying to close a loophole in the sex offender laws.