NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Some Brooklyn Technical High School students are speaking out after a teacher accused of sending an explicit photograph to a student was charged with 36 additional counts alleging he victimized six others.
Sean Shaynak, 44, was still in custody Wednesday after he pleaded not guilty Tuesday to the new charges.
He was in court for allegedly sending a nude picture of himself to a 16-year-old female student when police charged him with the 36 new counts, including kidnapping, forcible touching, sexual abuse and criminal sexual act.
A judge set bail at $750,000 bond or $500,000 cash. Bail was also set at $250,000 for the previous charge. He pleaded not guilty in August to charges that included dissemination of indecent material to a minor.
Investigators seized three computers and two phones and discovered thousands of text messages, as well as hundreds of photographs and videos, after the East Flatbush man’s Aug. 26 arrest, according to prosecutors.
An investigation revealed that Shaynak had allegedly victimized six teenage girls, ranging in age from 13 to 19, between 2011 and 2014, prosecutors said.
“It is shocking that a public high school teacher allegedly sexually preyed on vulnerable students,” Kings County District Attorney Kenneth Thompson said. “We will now seek to vindicate the rights of those students.”
“It’s disgusting,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio, whose son, Dante, attends Brooklyn Tech. “This is someone who clearly should not have been a teacher, and I guarantee you he will never teach in a classroom again. And it’s absolutely unacceptable, and he will suffer plenty of consequences for it.”
Prosecutors allege Shaynak asked two girls to have sex with each other, took a 15-year-old student to a nude beach in New Jersey without her parents’ consent, sent explicit photos to four students, inappropriately touched and kissed students and gave alcohol and cigarettes to minors.
As CBS 2’s Weijia Jiang reported, Shaynak has also been accused of bringing a teenager to an out of state gay club where she watched him with other men.