LI teacher accused of having sex with 15-year-old

A Long Island teacher was arrested Saturday for having sexual relations with an underage boy he met online, police say. According to authorities, Jason Berman, a history teacher at Half Hollow Hills

News 12 Staff

Feb 16, 2009, 5:45 PM

Updated 5,635 days ago

Share:

A Long Island teacher was arrested Saturday for having sexual relations with an underage boy he met online, police say.
According to authorities, Jason Berman, a history teacher at Half Hollow Hills West High School, met a 15-year-old boy from another school district on a Web site called manhunt.net, and the two arranged to meet in person. On Jan. 31, police say the 34-year-old teacher brought the teenager to his apartment in Commack and had sex with him.
Police say they found out about the incident after the boy reported it to someone at his school.
Berman was charged with having sexual relations with a minor and possessing child pornography, which was allegedly discovered on his computer.
?He's victimizing a child the same age as the children he teaches,? says Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Elena Tomaro. ?It's a very disturbing case.?
However, Berman?s attorney, Anthony LaPinta, says his client is widely respected by his students.
?Mr. Berman is nothing but an adored teacher,? LaPinta says.? He has nothing but a stellar record as a teacher.?
The Half Hollow Hills School District has issued a statement saying that administrators are fully cooperating with the authorities. The statement also says Berman will remain off the school campus during the investigation and legal proceedings.


More from News 12
1:55
Police: 2 men die after small plane crashes at MacArthur Airport

Police: 2 men die after small plane crashes at MacArthur Airport

1:49
Morning showers and storms to give way to warm and humid conditions

Morning showers and storms to give way to warm and humid conditions

0:18
Police: 3 men wanted for stealing $6,000 worth of sunglasses in Lake Grove

Police: 3 men wanted for stealing $6,000 worth of sunglasses in Lake Grove

0:20
Big Lots to close stores nationwide, including 2 locations on Long Island

Big Lots to close stores nationwide, including 2 locations on Long Island

0:16
Riverhead police chief announces departure from department

Riverhead police chief announces departure from department

1:48
Made on Long Island: Long Island Meal Prep in West Hempstead

Made on Long Island: Long Island Meal Prep in West Hempstead

0:42
Long Island Ducks to host first ever Chicken Nugget Championship on Friday

Long Island Ducks to host first ever Chicken Nugget Championship on Friday

1:49
Democratic delegates from LI give support to VP Harris to be presidential nominee

Democratic delegates from LI give support to VP Harris to be presidential nominee

AP survey: Harris has enough delegate support to become the Democratic Party nominee

AP survey: Harris has enough delegate support to become the Democratic Party nominee

0:29
Founder of Island Harvest Linda Breitstone dies at age 73

Founder of Island Harvest Linda Breitstone dies at age 73

0:34
Town of Hempstead Councilman Chris Carini laid to rest in Farmingdale

Town of Hempstead Councilman Chris Carini laid to rest in Farmingdale

1:36
3 men face murder charges in strangulation of North Amityville man

3 men face murder charges in strangulation of North Amityville man

1:32
Long Island special needs group receives bike donation

Long Island special needs group receives bike donation

0:24
Duck Donuts to offer BOGO deal Tuesday for National Sprinkle Day

Duck Donuts to offer BOGO deal Tuesday for National Sprinkle Day

3:04
Nassau Legislature Rules Committee votes to move forward with transferring operations of Nassau Coliseum to Las Vegas Sands

Nassau Legislature Rules Committee votes to move forward with transferring operations of Nassau Coliseum to Las Vegas Sands

0:37
Annual LI golf outing raises funds for those struggling with mental health, substance abuse

Annual LI golf outing raises funds for those struggling with mental health, substance abuse

1:32
Surf session held for adults and kids with disabilities

Surf session held for adults and kids with disabilities

0:17
Police: Valley Stream man slashed woman with knife at deli

Police: Valley Stream man slashed woman with knife at deli

1:43
Long Islanders have mixed reaction to President Biden’s announcement on presidential run

Long Islanders have mixed reaction to President Biden’s announcement on presidential run

0:46
President Biden announces end of 2024 bid for presidency; endorses VP Kamala Harris for pick

President Biden announces end of 2024 bid for presidency; endorses VP Kamala Harris for pick