Queens Teacher Charged With Having Sex With Underage Student

Prosecutor: Tara Driscoll, 33, May Have Been Filming Pornographic Video

GARDEN CITY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Shocking charges were levied Friday against a New York City teacher.

She’s been arrested for allegedly having sex with an underage student at a Long Island motel.

She faced a judge Friday afternoon, reports CBS 2’s John Slattery.

Arrested and charged with both rape and performing a criminal sexual act is 33-year-old Tara Driscoll of Bay Shore. She was a high school English teacher at Campus Magnet Educational Complex in Queens until last May when an investigation started. Administrators reassigned her away from the classroom.

The District Attorney’s Office said she had sex with a student under the age of 17, who is not being identified.

According to the complaint, the incident happened on March 11 when Driscoll took the student to the Capri Motel in Lynbrook to engage in sexual relations. The prosecutor indicated they have photo and video evidence, suggesting a pornographic video was being shot.

“If it’s true it’s a horrible thing, but I dont really know the people so I dont want to judge,” said neighbor Donna Gamble.

Driscoll’s attorney, Virginia Lopreto, and her mother both declined comment as they left the courthouse.

If the allegations are true, would your reaction be different if the student was male rather than female? Sound off in our comments section below.

  • Andy

    An american poet raped and married legally his 12 yrs old niece.
    His name was hmmm. I forgot, but he is famous somehow.

  • North Carolina

    I don’t know about where she was a teacher but about 5 years ago I was at my daughters baseball game and a group of “men” were playing on the other field and well…… needless to say I was looking at them and I said to my friend “look at those hot guys over on that field” and she goes…..”that’s Hogards varsity baseball team”. Yeah boys when I was in high school did not look like that.

    • mcnertny

      you are kinky too

  • Wazzup!!

    Underage rape is underage rape.
    It doesn’t matter what sex the victim is.
    It doesn’t matter if he says “whoohoo!!” after, and brags to his/her friends
    It doesn’t matter if he/she says it was fun.

    Because it’s a kid talking.
    Kids do not have the capacity to make good serious decisions at that age.
    That’s why we have laws to protect kids from people like this lady sexual criminal.

    • fact

      150 years ago your great-great grandfathers were marring girls as young as 12 and moving out west.Grant it you’d have to give her father a cow or a horse as a dowery, but nevertheless it was being done.

    • Shawn Ryu

      Oh please.

    • Bruce McClarron

      A whole bunch of them still can’t make good serious decisions at age 50!!! Sometimes they are even worse!!! Why do you think there are 2 MILLION+ people in prison???

    • jblackpost

      For about 6,000 years of recorded human history, people have been marrying and having sex at about 13 or 14. Actually, we’re currently the freaks for insisting that NO ONE under the age of 18 could POSSIBLY be mature enough to be sexually active. Please. The kid was 17. So, your saying in a few months when he turned 18, he would suddenly be able to make the decision?

  • JoBob

    Hot? She looks like a dude.

  • Jason D

    I love how everyone seems more enraged by this then actually worrying about the fiscal standing of our country. Let her be tried in court and lets worry about more pressing issues going on in our country.

    • George Lurye

      So… you’re saying we should be more concerned about money than people? Did you forget to take your meds today?

  • Friend

    It’s very sad how the teacher and babysitter chose to have sex with little boys instead of men.

    • Whazzup!!

      Because that’s what P E D O P H I L E S do???

  • VokMan Rishad

    Dang, why couldnt I have a hot, willing teacher like that when I was in high school?


    • Matthias Voigt

      Dang, why couldnt I have a hot, willing teacher like that when I was in high school? [2]

      • gwallan

        Easy. You were as much a silly little boy then as you are now.

  • REY


  • adfa

    I want to play student with that teacher.

  • dfa

    lucky kid to have such a dedicated teacher.

  • Don't Assume

    Why does everyone automatically assume the student was a male?

    • Goodpoint!!

      Good point!!!

  • doc

    She was giving the kid a “head” start!

  • Concerned Citizen

    That dude is totally lucky. There is not a single friend I know who wouldnt jump at the chance to bang the hot teacher. Every straight guy knows this to be true

  • Joy

    She was a teacher in my school she was the best,nicest teacher in law and it hurts seeing my teacher on the news like this and rverything

  • M.O'Reilly

    Sad for the boy and his parents as she gives some of the stoopids reading this a bad name for female teachers in a bad porno movie but switched from the Dr.s office as a willing Nurse to the motel as a willing teacher with a student.
    ,in any event she is a criminal and also should be tested for AIDS as a parent
    that would be my concern did she give a fatal disease to my son.?


    yes..this is a sick woman..at 33 cant seem to have a relationship with an adult male…a teenage boy is still not an adult..no way..better she had used a vibrator..the woman is an idiot..she now will loose her license to play cowgirl…

  • Justice

    Once again another child molester has managed to hideout within the public school system. The residents of Garden City should brace themselves for another MULTI-MILLION dollar law suit. I’m certain that they don’t share the same sentiments as some of you registered sex offenders. Male and female children alike should be protected by the law, and the offenders should be punished to the full extent of the law.

    • idiotsRbreadnotraised

      Dude you are probably the MAIN SEX OFFENDER here just hiding out on your computer making anonymous statements. Throwing rocks when you live in a class house but you know something buddy you and people like you will be punished to the full extent of the law also one day. GOD’S LAW buddy!!! So let’s get ready Mankind.

  • John

    Wow, These “comments” disgust me. I don’t care if the victim was male or female, statutory RAPE is RAPE simple fact. If the adult was a man raping a underage boy you all would all cry foul. Simple fact if we let raping a boy by either sex ok it will bring are society that one step closer to allowing NAMBLA (Yes that one, North American Man Boy Love Association, look it up) actually get the opportunity to make having sex with boys permitted when ever as long as that boy can figure it out and asks for sex. When your 8 year old boy is having sex with some 75 year old pedophile and go wow how did that happen remember all these disgusting comments. “Dude she’s hot, way to go kid.” ????Really????? Sickening.

  • Blackrock

    Some people just don’t get the point. Molesting an underaged male is the same as that of a female.It is a crime and it shoul be treated as such. It is very apparent that the penalties aren’t severe enough because more and more female teachers are willing to take the chance.

  • Kenny D

    That teacher is hot. If she don’t light your fire, your wood is wet! If I were 17 again I would hit that in a New York minute.

    • Whazzup!!!

      Go play your video games, son.

      • Right Wing Hate Monger

        I’d rather play with her. Every school boy’s fantasy…

  • K

    That’s one lucky kid that will have a wonderful lasting memory!

  • WC

    What the the teacher did was unethical. She should know better. She will also be charged with child pornography, since it was alleged they made a sex tape and took pictures during the encounter. Now here what I think is going to happen like some cases involving FEMALE having sex with minors that happened in the past: MOST female offenders do not serve time in prison, but get 10 year probation plus register as a sex offender. However, when MALE offender does the same thing or ATTEMPTED the sex act, they are automatically sent to prison. There is a double standard in the justice system.

    • John

      Theres a double standard because (maybe you haven’t figured it out yet) young men are different from young ladies. Punishments should fit the crime. A female teacher sleeping with a young male is not the same as a man sleeping with a young female. You are comparing apples to oranges. One of the women teachers in my school was however involved with a female student. Everyone knew. No one said anything. After graduation the student moved in with her ol teacher gal friend yep she did. ….as I think about it I remember girls in my High School who made it their lifes goal back then to go to bed with certain male teachers……and of course there was no shortage of my gender drooling at the thought of partnering up with more than one of our female teachers…….personaly I wasn’t successful at it.almost but that only counts in handgranades……..I am not saying it is right or wrong I’ll leave that to you and others..it is a fact of life this sort of thing happens and the teachers are as much on the students menu probably more……….the kid wasn’t innocent in this.

  • Beanned

    I wonder if the kid got straight A’s for teacher-classroom participation!

  • Dymepiecehottie

    Somehow the movie “Private Lessons” with Eric BRown and Sylvia Kristel comes to mind…

  • Hugh

    If the “victim” was a male….no problem. He enjoyed the hell out of it and had bragging rights all boys his age would kill for.

    • Karen L.

      The victim IS a male, you silly twit.

      • jim

        Actually if you look under the video screen above the comments it says”if the allegations are true, would your reaction be different if the student was male rather than female?” Not too many people really see what is there, they only see what they want to see.In this case most people assume its a male. It doesn’t make it any better, but we shouldn’t jump to conclusions without reading what is written and not what we want to see.

  • jm

    one lucky kid…

    • Jonathan Blackwell

      Yours is the sentiment of a peer or an ignoramus. Assuming it’s the former, I doubt you’ll be so glib if/when you become a parent someday…. You’ll see.

      • jACK

        No Jonathan, you’re an ignoramus. Any high schooler ON EARTH would jump at the chance to bang a hot teacher.

  • Paul

    I am glad for the boy.She’s beautiful! He no doubt made it clear to her that he wanted her. She is mature enough to handle the biological consequences,and
    will handle them. An analogous situation between a male
    teacher and a female student I personally would take issue with,because the
    underage girl could likely not judge the situation responsibly.
    And yes,if the boy were my son,I would quietly congratulate him,wishing all the
    time that I could have a chance with her,too!

    • Summer

      Very nice, Paul. Now go take your meds.

    • Kevin D'Angelis

      Paul, you’re too dumb to be taken seriously. Get a life. AND a brain.

    • j.j.

      What was i doing wrong? I never had sex with any of my teachers……LOL.

      • haha


    • Whazzup!!!

      How do you know the male student could judge the situation responsibly??
      do you know him?

      How do you know there isn’t a female student in his situation that would have been more mature than he was??


      paul..you need help..your just a teenaged idiot..bet i am right..you go straight to your bedroom where your mommy will smother your stupid ass..your a true moron..one of the best i have ever read

  • Mike

    what she did was wrong, because it violated the code-of-conduct of her job. She had a responsibility not only to teach this young man school curriculum, but also help make him a responsible adult. With that said, she committed a crime. Nonetheless, he probably initiated the entire situation by flirting with her and taking to the point of no return. Once he seduced her, she fulfilled his fantasy. He was man enough to do it, he should have been man enough to keep his mouth shut. The only exception would be if she somehow forced him to have sex with her by threatening him or something like that. Again, what she did was morally wrong and technically criminal, but she should not be prosecuted, as he probably wanted it and knew what he was doing.

    • Summer

      Are you for real??? You can’t change laws to suit your feelings about the act; when the law is broken, the perpetrator is prosecuted — REGARDLESS of what the minor did or didn’t WANT!!!

      If you are strongly opposed, then try to have the law changed — otherwise, it’s not a question of whether the offender who broke the law should be prosecuted.

      Jiminy Crickets, why does it seem that people’s brains are turning to bubble gum these days?!?!?!

  • Wyliecoyote

    Sort of difficult to “rape” a teenage boy…………still, what was she thinking? STUPID.

    • Summer

      It IS rape; a MINOR’S consent is NEGATED by LAW…. Good grief, already.

      • M.A.D


  • Leonard

    If only she taught at Brooklyn Tech between 1999 and 2003…

  • cygon

    there are too many of these happening now. There is something wrong with the hiring process. If they hired much older women, this would not be happening. But the trend nowadays is to hire very young teachers.

    • sam I am

      I guess ‘old women’ don’t have sex? And ‘old women’ never do anything wrong?

    • Summer

      Something wrong with the “hiring” process? Have you read the posts concerning this issue? There’s something wrong with people’s BRAINS — people don’t know the difference between legal and illegal, the concept of “age of consent,” and other ideas that are germane to comprehending the point of the story…. Honestly, I don’t know what is happening to people these days — it’s like our society is rapidly morphing into a collection of egregious dolts.

    • M.A.D


  • John

    Look when I was 16 I was fooling around with a couple of the divorced women in the apartment complex I lived in. By 17 I was living with another and hitting 4 different girls in during School…..back seats are fun when you are that age…..lol…. Everyone in my HS knew which teachers were doing what with what students. There wwas more than one teach I wouldv’e done if I couldv’e but it didn’t break that way for me………..almost but as they say no cigar…..It was what it was……….after fooling around the kid shouldv’e have enough consideration to keep his mouth shut except to deny it when asked………THE KID KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING………….

    • shooter


      As cavalier as you are about it, if your state had a law against having sex with a minor, those divorced women were committing a crime.

      Yes, the kid knew what he was doing and so did the teacher.

      The teacher committed a crime.

      • John

        If my state had a law against it I wouldv’e kept my mouth shut………The legal age of adulthood then was “21” So what. By 17 I had a job, went to High School, and had my own apartment. whatcha wanna bet half of the concerned citizens here are living with their parents. Look I never commented one way or the other about the right or wrong of what this teaher and 16 year old did. My comment was about HE IS NOT AN INNOCENT BYSTANDER IN THIS THING. I do not believe she held a gun to his head (get your mind out of the gutter)lol and made him unzip his fly. By the way everyone in my neighborhood knew what I was doing and with whom. Everyone knew everything back then. No one said a word. No one not even the cop who lived corner apartment across from mine. I suppose we were more grown up back then than young people are today. You want to argue the right and r=wrong of it knock yourself out. But don’t include me.

    • Reggie

      The kid’s opinion isn’t an issue. Don’t you get it? He’s UNDERAGE, you moron.

  • David

    In the State of NY children under 17 are not allowed to give consent. It is doesn’t matter whether he enjoyed it or agreed to it or wanted it. The theory is at that age a kid does not have the understanding to make those types of decisions which can be life altering. For example, what if she accidentally became pregnant? What if the video tape got out to the public?

    Adults have the responsibility, morally and legally, to make sure they do not take advantage of people who cannot give consent. Teachers have additional legal responsibilities to their students. Assuming Tara Driscoll is guilty of breaking those legal responsibilties she should be held responsible and be sentenced according to the law.

    Now, if people believe the law is to harsh then they should be asking their legislators to change the law and the penalties involved. But, remember the age of consent used to be lower and they were moved up because of the feeling they were to low.

  • Alan

    Look, I’m not saying it was right., but at 16, that kid was running at that full speed.
    Besides, at his age, the whole deal probably lasted 30 seconds.
    There’s no teacher that looks like that forcing a 16 year old “horndog” to have sex.

  • Logan

    Have sex with me!

  • sb

    if it was a male teacher and a girl it would be different because girls fall in love. This kid had the time of his life! Nice looking, she probably paid for the hotel food and drinks,. Damn! where were these teachers when i was in school!

  • wilhelm

    The whole thing is stupid, if the teacher raped the student, or if the teacher was giving the student special privileges for having sex with her I would be upset but as it is nothing to see here people just move on. The teacher should be fired everyone else needs to move on and get a life.

  • Thirthton Thithtertinton

    What a lucky kid!!

  • Bill

    She is dead wrong for messing around with one of her underage students.

  • Steve

    Whatever happened to “innocent until proven guilty?”

    Let her be tried and if found guilty, then vilify her. And yes, if found guilty, she should be jailed and never allowed to work with children again. But until then, stop this nonsense. We’ve become a nation of haters and accusers before we have all the facts.

    • sam I am

      everyone is now tried in the media

  • life

    17 0r 7 yrs old it is still child abuse she is sick and needs to be punished for what she has done. Her teaching license should be revoked and never be allowed around kids

    • sam I am

      so we should punish people for being sick?

  • camille james

    wow shes one of the best teachers in that school, trust me i attend and i’m sure what happened was mutual if anything the boy is 16 he’s a sophmore now junior.. its ridiculous it had to come to this. I feel sorry for ms.driscoll and hopes she gets through everything. this school also has teachers cursing kids out threatening their lives and chasing them around and calling them out their name

  • Holly

    Male teachers far outweigh the number of female teachers who sexually abuse.

    Only the women are making it into the news.

    • frankie

      It is horrible that you turned this into a sexist statement! You women claim you could do anything men could do but when it comes to crimes all of a sudden you act like women are not like men! Funny thing is that you will see more and more women getting caught doing worst crimes because they think they could get away with things due to their gender and you start crying…sympathy will not save you.

    • jjd

      Did you participate in a sexual act w/ a teacher?

  • Kim

    I’m a teacher and I find this disgusting. I know there are not a lot of good men out there, but at least find someone around your age!!!! Disgusting!!!

  • Steve

    wish i had fun with a few of my teachers. from third grade on.lets live everyone

  • John Mason

    I would hit it

  • SJ

    If this is true, she should never be allowed to work with children again. Parents send their children to school to learn academics and social norms from teachers and administrators. Children are not sent to school to be taken advantage of, nor should they be convince that as a minor he/she is wise enough to make life changing decisions. We send our children to school trusting that they will be protected and safe. If this allegation is true, she should be ashamed of herself & come to accept the fact that she is sick!

    • sam I am

      Yeah! I’m sure the kid fought long-and-hard to discourage her from fulfilling his dream… what she ALLEGEDLY did may not be right, but it is certainly not a crime… you ever heard of ‘a rite of passage’? it’s common in a lot of cultures! only here in america do we make sex seem like something bad and dirty…

      • Kelly

        Are you dumb??? It IS a crime — it’s not an opinion, you silly twit!!! It DOESN’T MATTER WHAT THE MINOR WANTED, moron!!! You are as dumb as dirt. Honest to God.

      • susan themes

        omg sam i am u really are an idiot.



  • Greta

    A woman cannot rape. It is physically impossible.
    The mother may be hurt, but is the son?

    • akgadm

      You might want to educate yourself on the facts before publicly sharing your ignorance.

      • Karen


    • E

      i agree he problem had the time of his life.but a 33 year old plus his teacher the government labels anyone under 18 a minor but some of these “minors” are smarter than 30 year old.if it was a female student and male teacher it would be a lot different

    • sam I am

      that kid was probably smiling from ear-to-ear

  • J

    This is a sick woman, who obviously can’t relate to adult men. Unfortunately child abuse knows no bounds. Teachers are supposed to protect children.

    • sam I am

      most ‘adult’ men are immature beyond imagination anyway… and most women will tell you, that most ‘adult’ don’t have a clue when it comes to satisfying a woman

      • Russ

        Or ‘Sam I wish I was”….

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