Former Canarsie teacher gets 4 years in prison for sexually assaulting student

August 22, 2019 Paul Frangipane
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A former teacher at Canarsie’s Lenox Academy Middle School has been given a four-year prison sentence for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student on multiple occasions.

On seven occasions between March 19, 2018, and April 20, 2019, at the Flatlands Avenue school, Andre Braddy sexually assaulted the male student in his classroom and in the school bathroom, including during school hours.

Braddy, 36, of Crown Heights, pleaded guilty on July 2 to second-degree criminal sexual act and promoting a sexual performance of a child, among other charges. Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Jill Konviser delivered the prison sentence on Thursday.

Andre Braddy. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn DA's Office
Andre Braddy. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn DA’s Office

“This defendant exploited his position of trust to prey on a young student, which is an unconscionable betrayal,” said Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez in a statement. “Schools should be safe havens and parents must be able to feel that their children are being protected while attending class.”

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Braddy was arrested after the student’s mother found sexually explicit photos and text messages on her son’s phone. When she confronted her son, he told her about the abuse.

The former teacher faced up to seven years in prison if convicted at trial. Prosecutors asked for a five-year sentence.

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