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Brooklyn Educator Arraigned On Charges Of Raping Teen Student

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A Brooklyn public high school paraprofessional was arraigned Thursday night on charges of raping a teenage student on 17 separate occasions.

Evelyn Rogers, 33, is facing charges of third-degree rape, could not make her $10,000 bail and was in protective custody Thursday night.

Investigators say Rogers, who was assigned to the High School for Innovation in Advertising and Media in Canarsie, started having sex with the student when he was 15 years old and they had intercourse in multiple locations, including Rogers' car.

The teenager, who is now 16, attended Rogers' school but was not in her class.

Prosecutors say Rogers first told her therapist about the alleged abuse and then confessed to the crime to authorities.

Her husband was present at her Thursday arraignment.

Rogers was in the field of special education for two years, and a 15-year-old student who was in her class told NY1 that she made him feel uncomfortable in class.

The boy said, "She tried to calm us down, and like she'd touch us inappropriately. To me, like when she'd touch our shoulders, she'd like rub and stuff, I find that inappropriate. So she used to do that, touch around us, like 'calm down.'"

He went on to say, "She'll hug you every five minutes and looked inappropriate because like she showed a lot of coverage too."

Schools Chancellor Dean Walcott declined to comment on the case specifically, but noted the limits that exist when dealing with inappropriate teacher behavior.

Walcott said, "I've been on public record and will continue to be on public record that the law needs to change in Albany, where the chancellor has the ability, after due process has been given to that employee, of making the final determination on the status of any staff member that has either improper contact or improper language with our students. I'm not going to tolerate it at all."

Department Of Education officials said Rogers was reassigned and they are seeking her termination.

If convicted, Rogers faces up to four years in prison.

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