NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A Queens middle school teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old girl was arrested Thursday.

Vaughn McKinney, 58, met the alleged victim through a Brooklyn church choir his wife ran, officials said.

McKinney, who taught at IS 59, bought cell phones for the girl – which he used to communicate with her – and also gave her money, officials said.

The Department of Education had removed McKinney from the school in June, when they found out about the relationship.

Special Commissioner Richard Condon has recommended schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott terminate McKinney’s employment and make McKinney ineligible for future positions with the City school system.

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