UNIONDALE - Police say a man was arrested for lying on his application to be a substitute teacher within the Uniondale School District.
William Rini, of Manhasset, is a former teacher in Queens who had his license revoked by the state Education Department in 2006. According to the Nassau County district attorney, he applied to be a substitute teacher in Uniondale in 2014. Rini failed to mention that he was previously convicted of a crime on the application, officials say.
Rini, a former dean of discipline and social studies teacher in Jackson Heights, was arrested in 2003 for spanking four teenagers. The DA's office says he spanked the 13-year-old students with a hairbrush in a van and then tried to bribe them to keep quiet. He pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child in 2004, and subsequently had his teaching license revoked.
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Uniondale district says that Rini's criminal past was caught in the screening process, and he was never hired.
Rini was arrested Thursday morning and charged with filing a false statement. He was released on his own recognizance and is expected back in court next week.
If convicted, Rini could face up to four years in prison.