NYC Teacher of the Year - Not!
BROOKLYN (CN) - New York City schools did not fire a teacher who has a criminal history of duct-taping women and locking them in closets, claims a woman who says he did it to her, in Kings County Court.
Chelsea Cook sued New York City, its Board of Education, PS 261 principal Zepporiah Mills and the teacher who she claims duct-taped her, Michael Jasmine.
Cook says in the lawsuit that she worked at an after-school program at PS 261, an elementary school in Downtown Brooklyn, from September 2012 to April 2013.
During that time, she says, her boss, Michael Jasmine, harassed her and made several unwanted sexual comments toward her before taping her wrists and ankles and locking her in a closet.
She claims that "this was also done to several other young women that defendant Jasmine supervised in said program," and that principal Mills had received "numerous complaints" about Jasmine.
Cook claims that "this conduct continued until defendant Jasmine was arrested and pled guilty (see attached reports)."
"Despite the aforesaid arrest and guilty pleas, defendant Jasmine continues to be employed by defendants, New York City and Board of Education."
Cook seeks $3 million in damages for assault and battery, personal injuries and negligence.
She is represented by Kevin Carsey, of Hempstead.
EDITOR'S NOTE: On June 16, Jasmin's attorney Todd Spodek told Courthouse News in an email: "Contrary to Ms. Cook's allegations, Mr. Jasmin has never plead guilty to anything. Mr. Jasmin vehemently disputes Ms. Cook's allegations in this civil suit and looks forward to his day in court."