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High school teacher allegedly naked and masturbating during video conference, police sources say

'Absolutely no place in our schools'

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A high school teacher from Staten Island, New York, was naked and masturbating during a video conference Monday and is now under investigation, law enforcement sources told the New York Daily News.

What are the details?

The unnamed teacher works at Tottenville High School, and the incident occurred during a Google Meet call, sources added to the paper.

The New York City Police Department confirmed it was investigating a Monday complaint from the school but revealed no details, the Daily News said. "The investigation is active and ongoing at this time," a police spokeswoman told the paper Tuesday night.

It wasn't clear if the teacher intentionally exposed himself or if the video call involved students, the Daily News added.

What did education officials have to say?

"This extremely disturbing alleged behavior has absolutely no place in our schools and was immediately reported to the NYPD," city Department of Education spokeswoman Danielle Filson noted to the paper. "The teacher was immediately reassigned away from students pending the outcome of an investigation."

Anything else?

The alleged incident follows recent reports that legal commentator Jeffrey Toobin exposed himself and was seen masturbating during a Zoom call with New Yorker magazine colleagues as well as WNYC radio employees in October.

After first being suspended, Toobin was fired in November from the New Yorker, where he'd been a longtime staff writer, following an investigation into the accusations.

"I made an embarrassingly stupid mistake, believing I was off-camera," Toobin told Vice. "I apologize to my wife, family, friends and co-workers."

Toobin added to the outlet, "I believed I was not visible on Zoom. I thought no one on the Zoom call could see me. I thought I had muted the Zoom video."

Toobin remains chief legal analyst at CNN, and the network released a statement when the New Yorker scandal first broke: "Jeff Toobin has asked for some time off while he deals with a personal issue, which we have granted."

But when Fox News asked CNN for an update on Toobin's status on Nov. 19 — a week after he was fired from the New Yorker — the network didn't immediately respond.

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