Former teacher pleads guilty to raping student, won't face jail time

A former Nassau County mathematics teacher pleaded guilty Monday to raping an underage student and will avoid jail as part of the deal.
Daniel McMenamin, formerly of Lawrence Woodmere Academy, was arrested last year. The 34-year-old Valley Stream man pleaded guilty Monday in Mineola court to charges he had sex with a female student when she was 14 and 15 years old.
McMenamin faced 27 counts for having sex with the girl over a nearly three-year period. He pleaded guilty to two counts -- one for second-degree rape and another for criminal sex act. He will serve no jail time under the plea deal but will face 10 years' probation.
The prosecutor said in the court that the victim, who is now 19 years old and in college, has "fear and anxiety" and that her wish is for "closure immediately."
A spokesperson for the Nassau District Attorney's Office said in a statement that the defendant caused the young student "unspeakable pain and suffering." The statement goes on to say: "The publicity generated by this case only furthered that suffering and, in an effort to spare the survivor the trauma of having to testify at trial, a negotiated disposition was reached."
After the court appearance, McMenamin's attorney would not answer questions but said in part, "It's the right result."
News 12 has also learned that the district attorney's office arrested McMenamin a second time on March 26 and charged him with reckless endangerment when a second alleged victim, who is not a student, came forward. McMenamin will also not face jail time in that case.
Victims advocate Laura Ahearn says the case shows that state law needs to change, including having a minimum sentence of one year for any sex crime committed against a child.
McMenamin will be sentenced in May. In addition to the 10 years of parole, he will have to register as a sex offender. McMenamin has already surrendered his New York state teaching license.
The Lawrence Woodmere Academy did not comment.