Former Babylon H.S. teacher pleads guilty to endangering the welfare of a child
Officials say a former Babylon High School teacher who was accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old student in 2013 has pleaded guilty.
According to Suffolk County District Attorney Raymond Tierney, Timothy Harrison, 48, of Oak Beach, pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child.
“This defendant abused his role as an educator and preyed on a teenaged student. Instead of being a teacher, he took advantage of her,” said Tierney. “The courage shown by this young woman in reporting this crime even though it had occurred eight years earlier is amazing. This guilty plea ensures that Harrison will no longer be a teacher, and as such, current and future students will be protected from his predatory behavior. We urge anyone who feels they have been sexually abused to come forward and report these crimes no matter how long ago they occurred. We are thankful that this victim stepped forward as reporting predators will protect others.”
Officials say the investigation and the defendant’s plea revealed that between September and November of 2013, Harrison sent the victim, who was 15 years old at the time, flirtatious text messages, gave her alcohol, and had sexual intercourse and oral sexual conduct with her at his residence in Oak Beach.
In 2021, the victim came forward and reported the sexual abuse to Babylon High School and then to the Suffolk County Police Department’s Special Victim Section.
Harrison was arrested on March 3, 2022.
On Sept. 15, Harrison pleaded guilty. As part of the plea deal, Harrison was also required to surrender his teaching license.
Per Harrison's plea deal he won't have to register as a sex offender at all.
Harrison is due back in court for sentencing on Nov. 9, 2023.