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Teacher convicted of abuse

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Posted: Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:30 am | Updated: 10:52 am, Thu Jun 27, 2013.

A Queens elementary school teacher faces up to 35 years in prison following his conviction on Tuesday for sexually abusing five students.

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s office said Simon Watts, 41, of St. Albans, was employed as a teacher at the Jackie Robinson School/PS 15 in Springfield Gardens when the students — four girls and a boy ranging from eight to 10 years old — were abused over a three-year period.

The incidents all took place at the school, and some during class time, according to the district attorney.

Watts was convicted of three counts of second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse, one count of forcible touching and five counts of endangering the welfare of a child following a two-week trial.

The first allegations were made in March 2010. Other students came forward beginning a month after his arrest.

Queens Supreme Court Justice Michael Aloise revoked Watts’ $200,000 bail and ordered him remanded to jail pending sentencing, which is scheduled for July 22.

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