Special needs teacher caught sexually abusing student on camera — but the school didn’t monitor the video: suit

By Susan Edelman
Published May 25, 2024, 11:28 a.m. ET

Classroom cameras at a costly taxpayer-funded boarding school for autistic, mentally ill and emotionally disturbed students captured a biology teacher sexually abusing a boy – but no one monitored the video, a bombshell lawsuit alleges.

Only after the student told his mom that he had sex repeatedly with Sandy Carazas-Pinez, a teacher at Biondi High School, did the principal watch the video. It showed the instructor cuddling with the 16-year-old during class and asking him to “rub her crotch,” the suit by the boy and his mother charges.

“’What I just saw was disturbing,’” principal Marya Baker said, according to the boy’s mother.


“Had the school followed even their own most basic safety protocols, they could have prevented the horrific, repeated and ongoing abuse that had occurred under their own roof,” said lawyer Lesley Brovner of the law firm Peters Brovner, which filed the suit.

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