A married teacher who pleaded guilty to performing oral sex on a 14-year-old student has avoided jail and will not be banned from the classroom.
29-year-old Dori Myers struck up a sexual relationship with the boy after meeting him while teaching social studies at The New School for Leadership and Arts in the Bronx.
During the recent court case, Myers – who is married to a sheriff’s deputy – pleaded guilty to a criminal sex act.
However, her lawyer Andrew Stoll confirmed she will not be stripped of her teaching licence, stating: “There is a possibility that she could teach adults now or in the future and we want to preserve that possibility.
“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.”
Instead of jail time or a classroom ban, Myers must sign the sex offenders register and has been handed ten years probation. Predictably, she’s also been fired from her position at The New School for Leadership and Arts.
The teacher was granted a guilty plea in a bid to avoid media attention. However, numerous news outlets have published now-deleted photos from her social media accounts, on which she had allegedly written about her students.
One picture shows Myers wearing a ‘Champagne All Day’ t-shirt, while another shows her in a top that reads ‘Whiskey Makes Me Frisky’.
The relationship between Myers and her student was exposed when the boy confided in a friend, and she was arrested back in January.
According to The Metro prosecutors hoped for Myers to face a two year prison sentence, as well as the loss of her teaching certificate.
Regarding her future job prospects, Justice Michael Orbus, who sentenced Myers, said: “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.”