2011-12-21 / Front Page

Teacher Busted In Student Sex Scandal

By LIZ GOFF

A married Queens schoolteacher remains behind bars this week, after he was arrested for repeatedly having sex with one of his students.

Charles Oross, a social studies teacher at I.S. 238 in Jamaica Estates, allegedly began the perverted relationship in 2009, when the girl was just 13-years-old, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Oross, 44, allegedly met the girl for sex more than a dozen times over a two-year period.

The pair often got together at about 6 a.m., in an empty classroom, authorities said. At other times, the girl would drive with Oross to remote locations where the pair would have sex, said a report issued by the city’s special commissioner of investigations.

Oross’ wife, Wendy, started getting suspicious last June, posed as her husband on Facebook and reached out to the girl, the report said.

The girl, now 16, didn’t fall for the ploy, but ultimately admitted to Wendy Oross that she had sex with her husband.

The woman told a friend, who anonymously alerted police in August. The wife later alerted authorities, after Oross broke a promise to end the relationship, the report said.

Wendy Oross worked with investigators, telling them her husband used the alias, “Barry Oakley” to renew Facebook contact with the girl last month.

Oross allegedly showered the girl with gifts, held guitar jam sessions with her and went to dinner at the girl’s home, according to the report.

“This case is particularly disturbing because the defendant is a teacher and schools should be safe havens for children,” Brown said.

“Instead, this defendant is accused of sexually preying upon one of his eighth-grade students during a rendezvous in an empty classroom.”

Oross was charged with second-degree rape, criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child at his arraignment at Queens Supreme Court, where he was held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Department of Education (DOE) officials said Oross was suspended from his job last month and the agency is seeking to remove his $64,000 a year pension.

 

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