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Bronx teacher banned from district after racy photos of student found

A history teacher for the nation’s largest school district has been banned from teaching in New York City for fondling and forcing a student to pose for explicit photos inside a storage cage, according to authorities.

Special investigators for New York City School District say 57-year-old Raemon Matthews took racy photographs of a 17-year-old girl inside a cage used for storage in a classroom at the Samuel Gompers Career and Technical Education High School in the Bronx in 2009.

Earlier this year, Matthews pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor sex abuse for fondling the student. He was sentenced in June to serve one year of probation. Matthews resigned in April.


Attempts by NBC News to contact school officials or union officials to request terms of Matthews’ resignation were unsuccessful on Tuesday.   

According to the investigators’ report, Matthews convinced the student to pose for the photos by telling her she needed a portfolio for college recruiters.

Investigators say the student complied with Matthews’s photo sessions because she feared failing the class. She told investigators that when she tried to put a stop to the photo session, Matthews told her “No, boo-boo, we’re just getting started,” The New York Daily News reported.

A custodian found the photos on a CD in 2010 and alerted school officials.

Officials with the New York City Department of Education said Matthews will not be allowed to teach in the district.

Matthews’ lawyer, Jonathan Goltzman, also was unavailable for comment on Tuesday.

He commented earlier that all sides had been satisfied with Matthews' plea. Goltzman told the Daily News: “My client accepted responsibility and he’s moving on with his life.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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