A former staff member of the Business of Sports School in Manhattan is accused of having sexual relationships with four teenage students, and the Manhattan district attorney's office is reviewing the report. NY1's Lindsey Christ filed the following report.
Until he resigned in May, Malik Taylor was a dean at the Business of Sports High School, a position of power investigators say he used to have sex with four students and sexually harass four others. What's more, he admits just about all of it.
One of the girls Taylor admits to having sex with on multiple occasions was just 16 years old. Taylor is 31. In New York, that's statutory rape.
The findings by the special schools investigator, including a written confession, have gone to both the Manhattan and Brooklyn District Attorney's office. Taylor has not yet been charged.
Taylor admits he had sex with the students in motels in the Bronx, Brooklyn and on 14th Street in Manhattan, as well as in his car, and even in classrooms at the Midtown school. One of the students told investigators she'd only agreed to have sex with him after he'd "beaten her down over the months with requests."
Investigators were unable to locate one of the girls, a 17 year old. The assistant principal told them she dropped out in April and ran away. The 16-year-old victim told a teacher and investigators that Taylor wanted to have sex with both girls, and the 17 year old became upset.
Taylor, who lives in Fresh Meadows, Queens, may have been working with children for close to a decade. Before he was hired by the DOE, he worked at the Police Athletic League in Brooklyn.
Investigators say he sent the students hundreds of text messages from a phone registered to his wife. During the school day, the students report that he made frequent comments about their breasts and buttocks. One who refused him told investigators she felt "scared...disgusted and not safe."
One of the girls said Taylor pulled her out of class and brought her to a McDonald's, where he asked her to buy him marijuana. Taylor acknowledged to investigators that was true.
The DOE says he was also reprimanded on two separate occasions for keeping marijuana in his personal locker for days before reporting that he'd "found it" in the school. Not surprisingly, the DOE says he's not eligible to be rehired.