A Brooklyn middle school teacher was arrested this week on suspicion that he had sexually abused a 14-year-old student.
Andre Braddy, 34, worked as an eighth-grade math and advanced algebra teacher at Lenox Academy, PS 235, in Canarsie since September 2015, the New York Times reports.
According to the criminal complaint, Braddy engaged in both oral and anal sex with the student at least three times over the course of a month, either inside a classroom or school bathroom. They also exchanged sexually explicit texts and photos.
Authorities say the teen brought the alleged sexual encounters to the attention of his mother, who then contacted the police. During a monitored text conversation, Braddy reportedly apologized for taking the boy's virginity.
"These deeply disturbing allegations have no place in our schools, and he was immediately removed from the school," says a Department of Education spokesperson in a statement. "He will remain away from students pending the outcome of the investigation, and we will pursue his removal from payroll as soon as legally possible."
Braddy is charged with multiple counts of engaging in criminal sexual acts, sexual misconduct, and child endangerment. If convicted, he faces up to seven years in prison.
The popular teacher pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court and is due back in court May 1. He has been placed in protective custody and on suicide watch.
Police are currently investigating if Braddy had any other victims at the school.
Braddy also worked as an adjunct professor at CUNY's Medgar Evers College, from which he graduated on a full scholarship.
The New York Daily News reports that while Braddy's lawyer said the allegations were “disturbing,” he called his client's career in education a “remarkable success story.”