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Hempstead teacher accused of fondling student is arraigned

The Hempstead High School math teacher accused of fondling a student was arraigned Wednesday. Police say Dubner Saintilus, 37, inappropriately touched a 16-year-old student after school Monday. Investigators

News 12 Staff

Mar 21, 2007, 11:19 PM

Updated 6,332 days ago

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The Hempstead High School math teacher accused of fondling a student was arraigned Wednesday.
Police say Dubner Saintilus, 37, inappropriately touched a 16-year-old student after school Monday. Investigators say Saintilus also made sexual comments toward the female during an extra-help session. According to authorities, the victim ran from the room and told her parents, who called police.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice says other students have come forward with accusations of misconduct. Saintilus' attorney says his client categorically denies the girl's claim. He adds other students were around when the alleged incident took place.
Saintilus has taught math at the school for eight years. He is also a professor at Stony Brook, a decorated U.S. Marine and serves as an auxiliary police officer in Suffolk County. The Suffolk County Auxiliary Police suspended Saintilus and confiscated his badge. Hempstead schools suspended him with pay. School officials say they are fully cooperating with authorities.
Saintilus faces a misdemeanor third-degree sexual abuse charge.
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