A high school teacher in Queens is under arrest and facing charges, accused of having a sexual relationship with a student that started when he was 16 years old.
Police say Morsi had sex with the student both inside and outside the school, and also sent explicit texts, pictures and videos. The relationship allegedly began in June of 2013 and continued for quite some time.
The boy, a member of the wrestling team, did not come forward, with authorities apparently being tipped off after one of the student’s female friends told her parents.
That girl’s mother, who also works in the school system, informed another education department employee.
The Deptartment of Education immediately removed Morsi from the classroom, officials said, and they were looking into her interactions with other students.
Morsi’s husband also works at the school.
The DOE says she has no prior investigations against her, and has been a gym teacher at the school since 1999.
In a written statement, the DOE said “The Department immediately removed Joy Morsi from the classroom upon learning the allegations. We find these claims disturbing and reprehensible and she will remain reassigned – far from any student and the school – pending a criminal investigation. We will work closely with the school to ensure they are given any needed support.”
Morsi, who has four children, had nothing to say as she left court Tuesday.
In June of 2013, she allegedly asked the student if he needed help losing weight, brought him into a closet in the gym and showed him her breasts.
Officials say she then began a sexual relationship with the teen, that the pair met between 20 and 30 times in the basement of the school and other locations.
In court Tuesday, the assistant district attorney pointed out the illicit affair continued even after the student turned 17, saying it all came to an end two weeks ago after the boy asked a female student to the prom.