A 36-year-old New York City school teacher from Selden has been accused of sexually abusing five female students over the past year at the elementary school where he has worked since 2006.
Omil Carrasquillo was arrested and charged Thursday in Brooklyn court with sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.
Prosecutors said the science teacher at Public School 249 in the Kensington section of Brooklyn allegedly groped or fondled the victims, who were between ages 9 and 11 years old at the time, between Oct. 31, 2013 and last week.
His arrest followed an investigation launched when one of the victims reported the alleged abuse.
The city department of education reportedly removed the suspect from the classroom and is conducting an internal investigation.
Judge Jane Tully set bail for Carrasquillo at $25,000 cash or $50,000 bond. He is due back in court on Sept. 30.