Hauppauge High School choir teacher Mark Kimes has been charged with sexually abusing a student.
Hauppauge High School Choir Teacher & Army Official Accused of Sexually Abusing Student
A man who worked as a choir teacher for Hauppauge High School in Long Island and who also served as an Army National Guard band leader has been charged with sexually abusing a 16-year-old student at his home.
53-year-old Mark Kimes was arrested on Tuesday, August 13, and faces a count of criminal sexual act in the first degree and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
According to Suffolk County Police, an 18-year-old man reported that Kimes had allegedly sexually abused him as a 16-year-old Hauppauge High School student. Seventh Squad detectives investigated the allegations. The former student told investigators that Kimes had provided alcohol to him and two other students on multiple occasions in 2017 and that Kimes sexually abused him after he passed out while drinking at the teacher’s home.
In an official statement, the police said that they had “determined Kimes had inappropriate contact with the teen while serving as his teacher.” The school also released a statement announcing that Kimes had been reassigned to his home and ordered to stay away from school property.
Along with serving as the Hauppauge High School choir director, Kimes is a 34-year Army veteran and serves as a chief warrant officer for the New York Army National Guard and commander of the 42nd Infantry Division Band.