2016-01-13 / Front Page

Disgraced Ex-Teacher Pleads Guilty To Sex With Students

By Liz Goff
A disgraced ex-Queens gym teacher pleaded guilty last week to having sex with two of her underage students.

Joy Morsi, 40, a married mother of four, was. initially charged with rape for engaging in a torrid sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student wrestler at Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood.

Prosecutors said Morsi “flipped out” over the teen’s decision to take a classmate to the school prom, and reacted by engaging in a weekend tryst with another teen in the basement of the school.

Morsi’s relationship with the first teen began in June 2013, when she started to mentor him, helping him lose weight to qualify for the school’s wrestling team, prosecutors said. Within days, Morsi was emailing the teen, asking him if he was a virgin and sending him “raunchy” images of herself, prosecutors said.

Morsi changed the tone of the relationship in early June 2013, when she lured the teen into a closet in the school gym where she exposed her breasts and engaged in two sex acts with him, prosecutors said.

Over a subsequent six-week period, Morsi and the teen had 20 to 30 sexual encounters in various locations at the school, including the basement, classrooms and the gymnasium, prosecutors said.  Morsi also met the teen for sex outside the school, in deserted parking lots and other locations before the teen turned 17, prosecutors said.

The student alerted authorities after Morsi became furious upon learning he was taking a date to the prom, prosecutors said. It is unclear if the teen and his date made it to the prom.

Morsi was arrested on June 3, 2013 and charged with 20 counts each of third-degree rape and third-degree criminal sexual act and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

The 15-year veteran city schools gym teacher appeared sullen and stone-faced while pleading not guilty to the charges at her arraignment in Queens Criminal Court, where she was held on $25,000 bail and ordered to stay away from the victim. She later posted bail and was released.

Morsi was later rearrested at her home and charged with two more counts of third-degree criminal sexual act and one count of endangering the welfare of a child after the second, 16-year-old male student told authorities she had lured him to the closed school where they engaged in sexual activity.

Authorities said Morsi sought comfort from the second teen after she was “jilted” by the first victim. The lovesick teacher sent text messages to the second victim saying she couldn’t believe the first victim was taking a girl to the prom, prosecutors said. A series of subsequent back-and-forth text messages set the stage for Morsi’s sexual encounter with the second victim in the basement of the Ridgewood school, authorities said.

Morsi was suspended from her assignment at the Queens school, pending an internal investigation and the outcome of the criminal cases.

Morsi started working as a gym teacher in 1999 and had a clean record until her first arrest, a Department of Education (DOE) spokesperson said. As a tenured teacher, Morsi cannot be fired or stripped of her yearly salary of $79,533 without due process, DOE officials said.

Morsi pleaded guilty in January 2015, after her attorney said she had a “diagnosed depressive disorder.” Under terms of the plea agreement, Morsi had to complete a year of court-ordered psychiatric counseling. She was also required to register with the New York State Sex offender Registry and had to relinquish her teaching license.

Morsi was facing up to eight years in prison if convicted of all charges involving the two teens.

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