Ex-Brooklyn teacher vigorously denies allegations that he molested 5 students
Former teacher Omil Carrasquillo, 38, arrives at State Supreme Court in Brooklyn on March 13.
A former Brooklyn science and bilingual elementary school teacher on trial for sexually molesting five students vigorously denied the allegations Monday.
Omil Carrasquillo took the witness stand on his own behalf in Brooklyn Supreme Court to shoot down allegations that he inappropriately touched five little girls while teaching at P.S. 249 from November 2012 to September 2014.
“No, I never, ever, ever, ever touched a student in an inappropriate way. It’s disgusting," said Carrasquillo.
Carrasquillo, 38, is accused of rubbing his hands on intimate parts of the students, aged 8 to 11, while giving them hugs.
If convicted, Carrasquillo faces up to seven years for each victim.
“If a student was upset, I’d tell them everything was okay. If a student was sad, I’d give them high-fives. Some students would jump on me,” said Carrasquillo who exchanged nicknames with students like Mr. C, Planet X and Grandpa.
An incident inside his classroom with one student sparked a firestorm of allegations that caused administrators to remove him from the classroom, said Carrasquillo.
Carrasquillo refused to report to the Department of Education’s reassignment room and abruptly resigned.
“I was disgusted, disgusted with the education system. I gave them eight years,” he said.
Carrasquillo aspired to become a teacher after seeing an advertisement on the subway while attending John Jay College.
The honorably discharged Army sergeant worked at the Kensington for eight years.
His attorney Anthony Lapinta intends to prove to the jurors that the alleged victims conspired to get his client fired because he became a disciplinarian and one family was able to obtain an U non-immigrant visa in September 2015.
Visas are given to immigrants who are victims of serious crimes and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity, according to the Dept. of Homeland Security website.