Last Update: 7/13/2020
A special education teacher at P.S. 213 The Carl Ullman School in Queens has been arrested for allegedly sexually abusing an autistic student in the classroom.
48-year-old Marc Scheibel was arrested on Wednesday, February 26, and charged with sexual abuse of a child under 17 and acting in a manner injurious to a child under 17.
According to the authorities, Scheibel is accused of making a 9-year-old female student with autism sit beside him at hi desk, where he allegedly placed her hand on his crotch. Police say that several other special education students were in the room at the time.
Another school employee reportedly witnessed the incident and recorded it with a cell phone.
Police visited the school at around 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday and questioned Scheibel before arresting him.
Scheibel has been a teacher for nearly two decades.
Attorney contributor Laurence Banville represents victims of sexual abuse in civil lawsuits, helping them recover the financial compensation they need and deserve. Laurence has some thoughts to add on the legal rights of students who have been sexually abused by teachers:
Schools have a critical legal and moral obligation to make sure their students are as safe as possible. This includes protecting them from sexual predators, as sadly, these predators often seek out positions in education and other fields that involve working with children.
Our nation’s schools have major problems with employees sexually abusing students. When a teacher or another school employee is arrested on sexual abuse charges, the school should also be investigated to determine if negligence allowed the abuse to happen.
For example, a school could be considered negligent if other employees had failed to report inappropriate behavior or sexual misconduct that they witnessed between a teacher and student. In cases of negligence, teacher sex abuse victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school.
If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a teacher, you can learn more about your legal rights by contacting our experienced sex abuse victims lawyers for a free consultation.