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A former school aide from Junior High School 126 was arrested Tuesday for groping student cheerleaders, as well as being way too open about his personal life, police alleged.
Officials from the office of Special Commissioner of Investigation charged that, to many girls at the John Ericsson School, 424 Leonard Street, Jonathan Williams was the bane of their existence.
Investigators said that just before the end of winter recess during the 2007-2008 school year, three female students between 12 and 13 had claimed that Williams was allegedly acting inappropriately toward them.
One of the girls alleged that Williams had fondled her during a game of “tag.”
The second girl claimed that Williams had told several classmates about when he had lost his virginity, officials alleged.
The third girl alleged that he had sent her an e-mail message saying that she “looked good” and that she should call him. Another witness said that Williams had allegedly told that particular girl, “You dress like a sexy-a-- grown woman,” according to investigators.
During the course of their investigation, the Special Commissioner of Investigation collected testimony from over a half-dozen girls from the school, located across from McCarren Park near Bayard Street, with allegations that Williams had either touched them or spoken to them inappropriately.
Many of the girls were from JHS 126’s cheerleading team.
Williams, who would assist the team’s coach during practices, was allegedly fond of playing blind man’s bluff and tag in the dark with the girls in the gym after practice.
During those times when he would allegedly shut off the lights and feel around in the dark for the girls, he would touch some of them sexually, officials alleged.
When investigators brought the allegations to Williams, he admitted to playing the games with the girls.
He also admitted to accidentally brushing up against one of the girl’s breasts during one such escapade, but said he never intended to molest anyone.
At the close of their investigation, “seven female students complained of being touched inappropriately by Williams, with four of them stating that the touching was sexual,” the Special Commissioner of Investigation report notes.
When the girls reported Williams behavior to school administrators, Williams was told that he had to stop playing with the girls.
“He ignored that directive, and, during the first half of the 2007-2008 school year touched at least two additional female students sexually and touched a third female student inappropriately,” investigators alleged.
When the report was finally filed with the Department of Education last June, Williams was fired.
The case was handed over to the Kings County District Attorney’s office, who charged Williams with sex abuse in the second and third degrees, forcible touching, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child.
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