Dori Myers, a 29-year-old Bronx public school teacher, admitted to engaging in sex acts with a 14-year-old student, but she won't lose her teaching license, according to the New York Post.
What's the background?
Myers, a married social studies teacher at The New School for Leadership and the Arts in Kingsbridge, reportedly sexually engaged a 14-year-old boy.
The boy — believed to be one of Myers' former students — reportedly told a classmate of the alleged incident. The classmate then reportedly notified a school administrator, according to police.
Myers is married to a Rockland County sheriff's officer.
Police arrested Myers on Jan. 19. She initially pleaded not guilty.
Her defense attorney initially said that Myers — a "model citizen" — looked "forward to clearing her name."
What's happening now?
This week, Myers admitted that she had, indeed, previously performed oral sex on the unnamed student several times and in several places.
According to the report, however, Myers will neither serve jail time nor have to surrender her teaching license despite the guilty plea to a criminal sex act — one that will require her to register as a sex offender.
Myers entered her plea in the Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Initially, prosecutors requested that Justice Michael Orbus sentence Myers to two years in prison and demand she turn over her teaching certificate, which is valid in New York state.
Orbus declined, however, and ordered Myers to serve 10 years' probation, and would not have to surrender her certificate.
Will she lose her job?
According to the Post, defense lawyer Andrew Stoll said that Myers will lose her job.
“There is a possibility that [Myers] could teach adults now or in the future and we want to preserve that possibility,” Stoll said. “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 said that it would ultimately be up to a potential employer.
"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 said.
According to the report, the department of education "typically reviews such cases to determine whether to revoke an educator's license."
Myers will be sentenced on Sept. 12, and has been ordered to report immediately to probation.