Court documents: Additional charge for Babylon teacher accused of raping teen

Timothy Harrison, 46, was charged with an additional count of criminal sexual act in the third degree, to which he pleaded not guilty. He was previously charged with two counts of rape in the third degree.

News 12 Staff

Mar 23, 2022, 9:24 AM

Updated 757 days ago


 A Babylon High School teacher already charged with having a sexual relationship with a former student was hit with an additional charge Wednesday.
Timothy Harrison, 46, was charged with an additional count of criminal sexual act in the third degree, to which he pleaded not guilty. He was previously charged with two counts of rape in the third degree.
The additional count of third degree criminal sexual act came after new evidence was presented to a grand jury. A former Babylon High School student alleged the two had a sexual relationship nine years ago when she was 15 and he was 38.
The teacher, who is also a coach, is currently on administrative leave because of the allegations.
"He's trying to remain strong, but it's difficult, obviously," said Harrison's attorney Kevin Keating.
Allegations against Harrison transpired as multiple former Babylon students made allegations against other teachers in the district.
Laura Ahearn, with the Crime Victims Center, applauded the woman for her bravery in coming forward. Ahearn says more than 20 alleged victims from the Babylon School District have come to her office with complaints against 10 teachers.
"It's so difficult to come forward and speak the truth of what you know happened," says Ahearn. "We hope to see some significant changes with protocols and policies and procedures."
Parents and students were stunned to hear Harrison was back in court to face more charges.
"He was one of my former teachers last year it's a little disturbing to hear," said Hailee Ricca, a 10th grader at Babylon High School.
Harrison is set to return to court next month. He faces up to four years in prison on each charge if convicted.

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