A Queens teacher who was arrested Wednesday for allegedly sexually abusing a 9-year-old girl with autism was caught on video, prosecutors said Thursday.
Marc Scheibel, 48, was allegedly filmed by another teacher grabbing the nonverbal student’s hands and directing them toward his crotch underneath a table where the two were sitting, prosecutors said.
The witness reported the incident to the school’s principal, WABC-TV reported.
Cops arrested Scheibel at P.S. 213, The Carl Ullman School, in Oakland Gardens at about 2:20 p.m., police said.
Other students were in the classroom at the time but officials do not believe any of them saw what happened, WABC-TV reported.
Scheibel appeared before Judge Michael Gaffey in Queens Criminal Court on Thursday afternoon for the charges of sexual abuse in the first degree and endangering the welfare of a child, the release said.
His bail was set at $5,000, which he has not yet met, WLNY reported. He remains in custody and is scheduled to return to court on March 3.
He could face up to seven years in prison if convicted, officials said.
“[Scheibel] — a trusted teacher in our school system — is alleged to have taken advantage of both his position and the little girl’s innocence,” Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz said in the release. “Our children must always be protected from predators.”
Scheibel has since been reassigned away from kids, the Department of Education said in a statement obtained by WLNY.
“We immediately reassigned this teacher away from the classroom because of this deeply disturbing allegation,” the statement reads. “He will not have any interaction with students.”
Scheibel has been fully certified to teach students with disabilities for Grades 1-6 since September 2007, state records show.
He earned an annual salary of $96,871 in 2019, according to SeeThroughNY, on top of $4,674 in pay as a “per-session teacher” at a rate of $33 per hour.
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