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Teacher of the Year sexually abuses 17-year-old student

posted at 3:28 pm on October 15, 2012 by

It wasn’t just any teacher who forced himself on a 17-year-old student, touching her in her most intimate places and snapping sexually explicit photos of her in a “cage” used for storage. No, it was Raemon Matthews, 57, a nationally acclaimed teacher at Samuel Gompers High School in the Bronx.

New York’s Daily News reports that Matthews pled guilty earlier this year to a misdemeanor for fondling the girl and was barred from teaching. But the full extent of his depravity was not revealed until a member of the school’s maintenance staff recently chanced upon a DVD labeled 300 during a routine cleaning of the classroom. Believing the disk to contain an action movie by that name, the worker inserted it into a DVD player and was shocked to discover its actual contents—photos of a teenage female “in various stages of undress.”

View slideshow: Teacher of the Year turns out to be closet pervert

The worker turned the disk over to school authorities, who in turn contacted the New York City Department of Education. A subsequent investigation revealed that Matthews had coerced the student into posing for nude and semi-nude photos, telling her it was to “attract college recruiters and employers.” He had also fondled her breasts, buttocks, and “private parts,” according to investigators.

When the girl protested after a year of lewd extracurricular activities and said she wanted to stop, Matthews, who is married, reportedly told her, “No Boo-Boo, we’re just getting started.” He also allegedly told the teen that she was in danger of failing and needed extra help.

The female, now 20, told the New York Post she kept the arrangement secret out of fear that Matthews would hurt her. “It was hard for me, it was like a big trauma,” she is quoted as saying. “I didn’t want anybody to know because I was embarrassed.”

Matthews, who taught at the predominantly low-income, minority school since 2000, has been cited in a number of books on effective teaching and was twice named Teacher of the Year. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige praised Matthews during a visit to the school in 2002. As a result, Matthews was invited to Washington, D.C, to demonstrate his methods.

He has pleaded guilty to sexual abuse and was sentenced to one year of probation.

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Believing the disk to contain an action movie by that name, the worker inserted it into a DVD player and was shocked to discover its actual contents—photos of a teenage female “in various stages of undress.”

View slideshow:

Might wanna rephrase that.

CurtZHP on October 15, 2012 at 3:41 PM

CurtZHP on October 15, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Hmm, that is kind of an unfortunate location for the slideshow cue.

Howard Portnoy on October 15, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Hmm, that is kind of an unfortunate location for the slideshow cue.

Howard Portnoy on October 15, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I almost choked.

CurtZHP on October 15, 2012 at 4:06 PM

These types of stories never show up with any prominence on most websites. They keep going on about the catholic church and the boy scouts, but no one seems to be willing to acknowledge that this stuff happens in schools too. It seems to be a way of smearing by omission. all groups have problems, but we’ll only report on problems in certain kinds of groups.

earlgrey133 on October 15, 2012 at 4:09 PM

This dude abuses a girl for an extended amount of time and got a year probation and a misdemeanor conviction.

I went and got some weed for a friend when I was in college and got 3 years probation and a felony conviction.

Awesome.

Spliff Menendez on October 15, 2012 at 4:19 PM

earlgrey133 on October 15, 2012 at 4:09 PM

This is a good point.
For every Catholic priest that is accused of molestation, 40 teachers are accused.

This is a point pointed out by Ann Coulter in one of her books.

Its a bit of a statistical illusion, but the point stands.
Teachers are not vilified for it, in fact, if you were to only listen to the liberal spin, teachers are closer to the Divine than clergy.

Why is that?

Mimzey on October 15, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Can’t we just lower the age of consent to 16 in every state?

All these teachers molesting students cases must be costing this country a fortune.

FlatFoot on October 15, 2012 at 5:05 PM

For every Catholic priest that is accused of molestation, 40 teachers are accused.

This is a point pointed out by Ann Coulter in one of her books.

Its a bit of a statistical illusion, but the point stands.
Teachers are not vilified for it, in fact, if you were to only listen to the liberal spin, teachers are closer to the Divine than clergy.

Why is that?

Mimzey on October 15, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Every time a priest character is introduced in a drama, I think to myself: “Will this the day a tv show won’t pull out the cliched ‘pervert priest’ stereotype?” But no, that day never comes, tv writers are always more than happy to indulge in that tired trope; snout-deep, like pigs in slop.

squint on October 15, 2012 at 5:13 PM

squint on October 15, 2012 at 5:13 PM

True enough.

Mimzey on October 15, 2012 at 5:25 PM

I liked slide #6 on that site. The CHANGE poster in his classroom tells us who this guy’s hero is.

Joe Mama on October 15, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Mimzey on October 15, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Thanks for the stat. The liberal slant is so pervasive that I am convinced that there are many people out there writing this way that have no idea how much their worldview is altered by the persistant skew of MSM.

I think that is why it is so easy to be called a conservative crackpot for bursting the liberal echo chamber. It is like you are coming in from outer space to some of these people.

the more I explore dialogue on liberal, conservative and supposedly neutral or other topic based sites, the more intrigued I am about how much of an impact the liberal media has on our thought processes and on “conventional wisdom”.

I enjoy challenging it whenever I can in whatever small way I can. Your little stat (from Ann Coulter) will come in handy.

earlgrey133 on October 15, 2012 at 5:49 PM

“Look for the Union label . . .”

BigAlSouth on October 15, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Why is that?

Mimzey on October 15, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Lost my block quote. The above is my answer to Mimzey’s question.

BigAlSouth on October 15, 2012 at 6:13 PM

Its a bit of a statistical illusion, but the point stands.
Teachers are not vilified for it, in fact, if you were to only listen to the liberal spin, teachers are closer to the Divine than clergy.

Why is that?

Mimzey on October 15, 2012 at 4:22 PM

.
Teachers are “clergy”, of the proper religion.

Liberalism.

listens2glenn on October 15, 2012 at 7:47 PM

Can’t we just lower the age of consent to 16 in every state?

All these teachers molesting students cases must be costing this country a fortune.

FlatFoot on October 15, 2012 at 5:05 PM

.
‘Cause it would give a teacher plausible deniability.

An ‘aggressor teacher’ could claim in court that the student “came on to” him/her. If the student didn’t have witnesses, it would be their word against the teacher’s.

listens2glenn on October 15, 2012 at 8:01 PM

liked slide #6 on that site. The CHANGE poster in his classroom tells us who this guy’s hero is.

Joe Mama on October 15, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Come on, we all knew that before that slide.

roy_batty on October 15, 2012 at 9:33 PM

One year probation? Are you kidding me? He was in a postion of power and influence over her, threatened her, put her in a cage… It says he was barred from teaching, does he still get a pension?

cep on October 15, 2012 at 10:24 PM

The worker - after viewing the entire thing - turned the disk over to school authorities

FIFY

As a result, Matthews was invited to Washington, D.C, to demonstrate his methods.

Somehow, I am betting Clinton was involved……..

GWB on October 16, 2012 at 8:51 AM

One year of probation?!? This guy needs at least 20 years in the slammer.

Ward Cleaver on October 16, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Can’t we just lower the age of consent to 16 in every state?

All these teachers molesting students cases must be costing this country a fortune.

FlatFoot on October 15, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Reminds me of an old Russian joke:

Q: Should parents talk to their 15 year old girl about sex?
A: Only if they want to significantly improve their sexual education.

Archivarix on October 16, 2012 at 10:11 AM

If her father kicked his ass he’d have more jail time and consequences than this sick b-t’rd.

WeekendAtBernankes on October 16, 2012 at 11:20 AM

One year probation? Are you kidding me? He was in a postion of power and influence over her, threatened her, put her in a cage…

cep on October 15, 2012 at 10:24 PM

Makes you wonder about the judiciary.

I hope we don’t discover a pervasive system of institutional pedophilia a la [Once] Great Britain.

WeekendAtBernankes on October 16, 2012 at 11:22 AM