Fired Teacher Accused of Sexual Misconduct Continues Teaching in NYC

Dulaina Almonte, a teacher fired from a New York City public school in 2020 over sexual misconduct allegations, continues to teach at a Bronx charter school. Almonte was accused of sending over 28,000 late-night texts to a 17-year-old female student and nearly 2,000 texts to a male 12th-grader.

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Fired Teacher Accused of Sexual Misconduct Continues Teaching in NYC

Fired Teacher Accused of Sexual Misconduct Continues Teaching in NYC

Dulaina Almonte, a 33-year-old teacher fired from New York's Harry S. Truman High School in 2020 over sexual misconduct allegations, continues to teach at a Bronx charter school despite being ousted by the US Education Department. Almonte was accused of sending over 28,000 late-night text messages to a 17-year-old female student and nearly 2,000 texts to a male 12th-grader over a 14-month period.

Why this matters: This case highlights the need for stricter oversight and consequences for educators who engage in misconduct, as it poses an ongoing threat to students in NYC public schools. The fact that Almonte secured employment at a Bronx charter school after being fired by the US Education Department raises concerns about the effectiveness of background checks and communication between school systems.

The New York Police Department investigated a claim that Almonte was involved in a sex act with a former pupil in a classroom, but she has denied the allegations. An investigation found that Almonte had engaged with students online over weekends, using encrypted WhatsApp and Snapchat calls, and that teenagers had visited her home several times.

Despite the serious allegations and being fired from the New York City public school system, Almonte remains defiant. "Still a teacher! Can't touch me! Still a teacher working elsewhere. Like, you really can't f--king touch me," Almonte boasted, according to the New York Post's report on May 11, 2024.

Experts warn that Almonte's behavior is a form of "electronic sexual grooming," a common tool used by abusers, according to the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network (RAINN) website. Student-teacher cell phone contact poses an ongoing threat to students in NYC public schools, despite repeated pleas to stop the practice.

Almonte's case is not an isolated incident in New York City schools. In 2022, multiple teachers faced accusations of inappropriate behavior toward students, highlighting the need for stricter oversight and consequences for educators who engage in misconduct. The fact that Almonte secured employment at a Bronx charter school after being fired by the US Education Department raises serious concerns about the effectiveness of background checks and communication between school systems.

As the investigation into Almonte's conduct continues, her case serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing threat of educator misconduct and the importance of robust safeguards to protect students. The New York City Department of Education and charter school systems must work together to ensure that teachers accused of sexual misconduct are not allowed to continue working with children, regardless of the school setting.

Key Takeaways

  • Dulaina Almonte, a 33-year-old teacher, was fired from NYC's Harry S. Truman High School in 2020 over sexual misconduct allegations.
  • Almonte sent over 28,000 late-night texts to a 17-year-old female student and nearly 2,000 texts to a male 12th-grader.
  • Despite being fired, Almonte secured employment at a Bronx charter school, raising concerns about background checks and communication between school systems.
  • Experts warn that Almonte's behavior is a form of "electronic sexual grooming," a common tool used by abusers.
  • Almonte's case highlights the need for stricter oversight and consequences for educators who engage in misconduct to protect students.