Upper West Side teacher's aide arrested on sex abuse charges
Another city education employee has been arrested on sex abuse charges, police said Thursday.
Hany Abdalla, a teacher's aide at P.S. 84 in the Upper West Side, was arrested Wednesday at 5 p.m. and accused of sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child, police said. According to published reports, Abdalla allegedly inappropriately touched an 8-year-old girl and also made her touch him. A police spokeswoman refused to confirm or deny the allegations.
Abdalla, 35, has worked at the school since 2007, an education department spokeswoman said Thursday, adding that he had no prior disciplinary history. He was removed from the classroom without pay on Monday when education department officials first learned of the allegations against him.
Schools chancellor Dennis Walcott visited the school Thursday morning and spoke with the principal, staff and some parents, a spokeswoman said.
Abdalla is at least the ninth education department employee to be arrested on sexual abuse charges this year.