Cops: Bayville Teacher Arrested For ‘Inappropriate Contact’ With Student

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A music teacher in the Locust Valley School District has been arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

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bayville intermediate school Cops: Bayville Teacher Arrested For Inappropriate Contact With Student

Bayville Intermediate School (credit: Mona Rivera/1010 WINS)

John Benstock, 47, of Bayville, was arrested Monday after authorities said he had “inappropriate contact” with a Bayville Intermediate School student, who was under 10-years-old.

Police said the alleged incident happened on April 26 while Benstock was teaching a class of five third graders.

Det. Lt. Kevin Smith explained the student was “enticed to touch [the] teacher in an inappropriate manner.”

Benstock pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Tuesday. Bail was set at $10,000.

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He has been a teacher with the Locust Valley School District since 2000 and previously worked in schools in Valley Stream, Lawrence, Bay Shore and Rockville Centre. He also worked as a teacher for All Saints Regional Catholic School.

Pending the outcome of investigations by the police and school district, Benstock has been reassigned to his home with pay. He has also been directed to not have any communication or contact with any student who he was currently teaching or whom he has taught in the past, or the parents of such students.

“Our District will continue to cooperate fully with the police and will continue to make the safety and well-being of our students and staff our top priority,”  Locust Valley Superintendent of Schools Dr. Anna F. Hunderfund said in a statement.

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One Comment

  1. protectrkids says:

    Bayville Mom- my daughter was a student of Gillam. I believe they covered up Benstock vcitims, as the Frankswas gong on. Gillam was investigsated in ’04 (may) and not decided til Dec 2004. He got another teaching license and taught tech aT suffolk cty. BOCES and retred in 2010 with a pension. In 2003 -2004 we were fightin like hell for change. Contact Bart Zbin at NYS Dept. of ed- OsprA DIVISION, as I have, please. We cannnor pass this trash-Best protectrkids

  2. Former LVHS student says:

    I find it disgusting how many people appear not to believe in the Constitution. We must not rush to judgment, especially where the case involves very young and impressionable children with parents who likely frantically questioned them. John is innocent until proven otherwise; like everyone else accused of a crime. That’s our Constitution, and that’s what is right. He has a wife and a family, so let’s remember that these comments hurt more than the accused.

  3. Face the Music says:

    Q – How can you protect music students?
    A – a. Suit of Armor
    b. Space Suit
    c. Deep Sea Diving Suit?
    d. Lawsuit

    1. Face the Music says:

      If the President of the United States commented that Congressman Anthony Weiner should resign, what do you think he would say to music teacher John Benstock?

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