Married teacher who seduced a 14-year-old boy somehow avoids classroom ban
Although the idea of hooking up with a teacher is the dream of a lot of teenage boys, it's a lot more horrifying when it happens in reality. There are a depressing number of stories concerning teenagers being groomed by teachers who should know better, and when they're caught, we hope that these educators are sufficiently punished.
But sometimes, that does not happen. Case in point: Dori Myers, a teacher at a public school out in the Bronx, New York, who was convicted earlier this week of performing sex acts on a 14-year-old boy. Myers, who is a social studies teacher at The New School for Leadership and the Arts in Kingsbridge, pleaded guilty to a felony sex act.
The wife of a Rockland County sheriff’s officer, Myers registered her plea at Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday, a day early - presumably to avoid the media circus. But while she's since lost her job, prosecutors pushed for Myers to be given two years in prison for her actions, and order that she surrender her teaching certification.
Instead, Defense lawyer Andrew Stoll asked Justice Michael Orbus to consider going lightly on his client. He made the case that while Myers won't be working at a school any time soon, she should still be allowed to keep her license so she can continue to teach adults.
“There is a possibility that she could teach adults now or in the future and we want to preserve that possibility,” Stoll said, according to the court transcript. “She still is a talented teacher and has those skills, and I don’t see any reason to destroy her ability to make a living and to contribute to society in a positive way.”
Orbus saw Stoll's side of things, eventually sentencing Myers to a 10-year probation and - crucially - allowing the 29-year-old to keep her license. “This would be a matter that any licensing agency will be able to consider, if they choose to do that, and of course any employer," Orbus added. “I just want to make the record clear that Ms. Myers is aware that she must register as a sex offender.”
Local law enforcement first learned of Dori Myers' indiscretions back in November of 2017, somewhere in Upper Manhattan, after the boy involved in the incident - who is allegedly one of Myers’ students at The New School for Leadership and the Arts told a classmate about what was going on. The classmate in question then notified a school administrator, according to police reports.
A co-worker also claimed to see Myers messaging the boy in question.
Dori Myers was arrested on January 19, and pleaded not guilty. Andrew Stoll threw his support firmly behind his client, referring to Myers as "a model citizen who looks forward to clearing her name". In making his decision, Justice Orbus set sentencing for September 12, ordering Myers to report immediately to probation.