A Queens public school teacher was arrested April 8 on rape charges for allegedly having sex with a 14-year-old former student.
According to police, Daniel Reilly, 35, of Forest Hills, who had been teaching sixth-grade English at IS 237 in Flushing, began a nine-month sexual relationship with a girl who is alleged to be a former grammar school student of his.
She does not attend the middle school where the defendant now teaches.
“This case is particularly disturbing,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. “Schools should be safe havens for children. Instead, this defendant is accused of sexually preying upon one of his former students and rendezvousing with her at his residence.”
The NYPD reported that Reilly has been charged with four counts of second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree criminal sexual act, one count of endangering the welfare of a child and six counts of third-degree sexual abuse.
The defendant was arraigned April 9 before Queens Criminal Court Judge Gia Morris, who set bail at $30,000. He is scheduled to return to court on May 6 and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted.
Reilly and the victim allegedly met at the grammar school where he taught and which she attended as a student, prior to his transferring to teach English at IS 237.
Brown reported that Reilly sent his former pupil a text message in August 2012 that allegedly said he wanted to have sex with her.
Similar text messages were sent throughout the nine-month relationship.
Reilly is alleged to have engaged in sexual activity with the girl at his residence in Forest Hills on multiple occasions between August 2012 and April 2013.
Due to the age of the victim, the authorities will not name the grammar school where Reilly and the student allegedly met.
The secret relationship was brought to their attention after the victim’s sister allegedly saw sexually explicit text messages on the victim’s cell phone.
Her family went to the middle school and spoke with administrators who then notified the Special Commissioner of Investigation.
The NYPD’s Queens Special Victim Squad conducted the investigation.
A city Department of Education spokesman said this is the first investigation to be done on Reilly during his time as a public school teacher.
“Daniel Reilly began at the Department of Education at 2007 at IS 237Q as an English teacher,” he said. “He was immediately reassigned away from the classroom and there were no prior investigations.”
Assistant District Attorney Lauren Parson of the District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau is prosecuting the case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Marjory Fisher and Deputy Chiefs Kenneth Appelbaum and Lucinda Suarez.
Executive Assistant and Deputy Executive Assistant District Attorneys for Major Crimes Charles Testagrossa and Daniel Saunders are supervising the case overall.