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Friday
Aug302019

Former Hauppauge HS Teacher Indicted In Sex Abuse Of Student

DA SINI: HAUPPAUGE HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER INDICTED FOR ALLEGEDLY SEXUALLY ABUSING STUDENT IN 2017

(RIVERHEAD, N.Y.) – Suffolk County District Attorney Timothy D. Sini today announced the indictment of a Hauppauge High School choir teacher for allegedly sexually abusing a teenage boy at the teacher’s home in Moriches in 2017.

“It can be extremely difficult for victims of abuse to come forward to law enforcement, particularly when the alleged abuser is someone in a position of authority, such as a teacher,” District Attorney Sini said. “We want to let victims know that they are not alone; we are here for you. We will seek justice for this victim as we do in each and every case.”

Mark Kimes, 53, of Moriches, is charged with two counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the First Degree, a B felony; Sexual Abuse in the First Degree, a D felony; two counts of Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree, an E felony; two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, an A misdemeanor; and three counts of Unlawfully Dealing with a Child in the First Degree, an A misdemeanor.

Kimes is alleged to have sexually abused a then-16-year-old student in September 2017 while at Kimes’ home in Moriches. The victim, now 18 years old, reported the alleged abuse to Suffolk County Police Seventh Squad detectives, who arrested Kimes on August 13.

Kimes is also alleged to have provided alcoholic beverages to the victim and two other minors and to have let the victim smoke marijuana in his home.

Kimes was arraigned on the indictment today by Suffolk County Court Judge Karen M. Wilutis. Bond was transferred in the amount of $100,000, which Kimes previously posted. He is due back in court on Sept. 25.

If convicted of the top count, Kimes faces a maximum sentence of up to 25 years in prison.

Any additional victims or witnesses are asked to call the Seventh Squad at 631-852-8752 or anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.

 

This case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Melissa Grier, of the Child Abuse and Domestic Violence Bureau.

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