Updated 02/12/2012 01:49 PM
Alleged UWS Child Molester Arraigned On Sex Abuse Charges
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The man who police say molested a child at an Upper West Side school was arraigned Saturday.
Gregory Atkins, 56, is charged with an attempted criminal sex act, sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.
Bail is $150,000 cash or $250,000 bail.
Atkins' next court date is on Thursday.
Police say Atkins molested an eight-year-old student where he worked at P.S. 87 on the Upper West Side. Among the graphic accusations were charges that Atkins took the boy to the school bathroom on four separate occasions and told him to undress, saying he was looking for bruises.
The Manhattan district attorney's office also says Atkins escorted the child to the school auditorium, where sexual comments were made and he gave the boy a massage.
Officials say Atkins later accused the child of lying.
Department of Education officials also say Atkins was suspended in 2006 while he worked at M.S. 322 in Washington Heights after he bought gifts for a male student and invited him to his home.
Earlier this week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation arrested another man, Taleek Brooks, 40, for allegedly producing child pornography at PS 243 in Crown Heights, Brooklyn where he worked.
Brooks is being held without bail.
The two incidents prompted a meeting between lawmakers and parents Saturday.
State Senator Eric Adams, a former police officer, said parents should beware of any teacher or teaching assistant who shows a student a lot of attention or calls the student's home at odd hours.
Adams urges parents to talk to their children about behaviors from adults at school that they should look out for.
"We have a problem when you have two cases within a seven-day period in two different boroughs," said Adams.
He also brought in Ama Dwimoh, a former sex crime prosecutor from the district attorney's office, to offer advice.
"To parents I say to them, pay attention. See if there is a change in behavior. Do they not want to go to school?" said Dwimoh.
Experts say some warning signs a child predator might display include paying too much attention to a child, calling the student's home at unusual hours and giving inappropriate gifts.
On Monday, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott and the district attorney will meet with parents at P.S. 97.