A Queens sixth-grade teacher was arraigned today on charges that he raped a 14-year-old girl who was his former student.
Daniel Reilly, 36, seen above, was taken into custody Monday night. The sixth-grade English teacher taught at I.S. 237 in Flushing for the last five years, but was reassigned from the school yesterday, according to the Department of Education.
Prosecutors say the alleged victim was Reilly's student at an elementary school, and she did not attend I.S. 237.
Reilly is now facing four counts of second-degree rape, two counts of second-degree criminal sexual act, one count of endangering the welfare of a child and six counts of third-degree sexual abuse.
If convicted, Reilly could serve up to seven years in prison.
Speaking to reports Tuesday, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said there are no prior complaints against him.
"This is obviously alleged, so it’s not a proven fact yet," said Walcott. "But either things you say inappropriately or things that you do to our students, we have no tolerance for that in our system. I mean, we’ve been putting new systems in place."
The alleged relationship started in August, when prosecutors say Reilly sent texts asking her for sex, and they say the encounters continued until just days ago.
Text messages from Reilly on the girl's phone were hidden under a code name, according to prosecutors, and the girl's sister found the messages.
The girl's family contacted authorities yesterday, shortly before the arrest.
An order of protection has been granted for the girl.
Reilly is a former Marine sergeant and the married father of an 11-month-old child, and his wife and mother-in-law were present at his arraignment.
"Prosecutor needs to investigate this case and the defense needs to investigate this case to see whether or not the allegations are true or not," said defense attorney Eric Franz. "He's happy to return home to his family. The judge saw fit to trust him to go home to his family and he did just that."
Parents of students at I.S. 237 said they were shocked and outraged to learn of the allegations.
"I would have killed that guy. I don't think he would have made it to court. You know, 'cause like I said, these are little, little girls. I would have been really angry," said one parent.
"I'm beyond words right now, I can't believe this," said another.
"It's shocking. Like I said, my older son graduated from this school and we live in Queens Village. We used to live over here. We moved to Queens Village and I still bring my kids here because I love this school," said a third.
Reilly's bail was set today at $30,000 and he is due back in court on May 6.