Jury deliberates former Bellport teacher Jonathan Elsalam’s rape case

Elsalam, 28, is facing up to eight years if convicted. (2/21/14)

WOODBURY - A jury is deliberating the fate of a former Bellport High School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student.

The jury heard closing arguments yesterday in Jonathan Elsalam's rape trial. 

According to Newsday, Elsalam's lawyer attacked the credibility of the alleged victim, 16, claiming her testimony was unreliable.

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Elsalam, 28, is facing up to eight years if convicted.

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