A 53-year-old Long Island high school teacher has been charged with sexually abusing a student when the teen was 16 years old, Suffolk County Police announced Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 14.
The alleged victim, now 18, reported to detectives that when he was a 16-year-old student at Hauppauge High School, he was sexually abused by his chorus teacher, Mark Kimes, at the teacher’s home in Moriches.
Following an investigation, Seventh Squad detectives determined Kimes had inappropriate contact with the teen while serving as his teacher.
Kimes was arrested at his home at approximately 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 13 and charged him with first-degree criminal sex act and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. He was held overnight at the Seventh Precinct and was scheduled to be arraigned at First District Court in Central Islip on Wednesday.
The investigation is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call the Seventh Squad at 631-852-8752 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.
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