BELLPORT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island high school teacher has been charged with rape and criminal sex acts for allegedly having an affair with a 16-year-old student.
Jonathan Elsalam, 27, was suspended from his job as a Bellport High School assistant football coach and global history teacher last year.
The girl’s attorney, Jeffrey Brown, said while the two met and flirted in school, the actual nine-month affair was conducted off school grounds.
“The sexual activity would take place in a car, in motel rooms and I think even his house,” Brown told reporters, including 1010 WINS’ Mona Rivera. “In December of 2011 is when I believe the sexual activity actually took place. It ended in or about August of 2012. The flirtation started in September of 2011.”