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Teacher sentenced to 35 years for student sex abuse

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Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2013 8:10 pm | Updated: 11:34 am, Thu Nov 14, 2013.

A Queens public school teacher has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for sexually abusing five of former students over a three-year period from 2007 to 2010.

Simon Watts, 42, of St. Albans, worked at the Jackie Robinson School in Springfield Gardens when he abused four girls and one boy between the ages of 8 and 10, according to a statement released by the office of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown.

All of the reported incidents took place at the school, according to Brown, and many during class time.

Watts was convicted in June 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.

The first incident that was reported took place on March 9, 2010, when a girl said she was forced to touch Watts in an inappropriate manner, after which Watts was suspended and subsequently arrested.

Three more girls and a boy came forward shortly afterward.

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