Teachers unions often have questionable intentions, but when they protect teachers who molest students, it is truly disgusting.
The Locust Valley Central School District wants a former music teacher who used students for his sexual satisfaction to reimburse his earnings for the last three years, but union officials are fighting the case on his behalf.
A Nassau County judge recently ordered the school district to arbitrate with the teachers union over compensation paid to former music teacher John E. Benstock between November 2000 and Feb. 25, 2013, the day he pleaded guilty to numerous sex abuse charges, Newsday.com reports.
“The district, in legal papers before Supreme Court Justice Thomas Feinman, alleges that Benstock should be required to forfeit the compensation ‘by reason of his egregious acts of disloyalty, disobedience, fraud and other misconduct, and pay costs to the school district for all costs associated with the investigation concerning misconduct,’” according to the news site.
The teacher pleaded guilty to four counts of second-degree sexual abuse and 10 counts of endangering the welfare of a child after he admitted to forcing young students to play games that involved touching him inappropriately through his clothes. Benstock, 50, was sentenced to six years of probation, lost his teaching certificate, and must register as a sex offender for 20 years as part of a plea agreement, Newsday reports.
Benstock was paid $119,874 in 2012, his last full year of employment, though the total the district is demanding for payback is not clear.
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