A former teacher accused of sexually abusing girls at a Brooklyn elementary school told cops he “gives and receives hugs from his students”, the New York Daily News reported.
Omil Carrasquillo, 36, is accused of fondling nine girls as young as 8 years old. He pleaded not guilty to a 22-count felony indictment that upped the number of alleged victims from five to nine. According to a police report, “Mr. Carrasquillo states that it is possible that when he touches the children it may have been misunderstood how he touches them.” Carrasquillo also said he sometimes stood behind the kids when explaining class work and “will put my arms on their backs or on their shoulders.” He added that he “probably touched” a girl in the process of restraining her during a fight he was breaking up that week, the report said. A judge raised his bail in light of the new allegations to $200,000 from $50,000. The defendant later made bail and was released. Carrasquillo worked in P.S. 249 since 2006, but he resigned from his job after his September arrest. A male teacher should not be allowed to touch female students. It is my hope that in addition to ensuring that adult males are not left alone with children, school officials are actively seeking out other families who may have witnessed or suffered abuse at school urging them to contact law enforcement.