A Brooklyn high-school teacher was busted four years after repeatedly having sex with a student in his car and in Prospect Park — when the girl came to the realization he “took advantage of her youth,” records show.
Jay Travis, an English teacher at Brooklyn Studio Secondary School in Bensonhurst, first flirted with the teen in 2009 and “engaged in sexual conversations” in text messages.
Are they two consenting adults in love, or is it sexual harassment and exploitation?
This is because most institutions have a very strict policy barring any romantic or sexual involvement between a teacher and a current student.
She claimed the sex occurred after she turned 17, the legal age of consent, so no criminal charges were filed.
The girl said she ended the relationship the summer after graduation, but once met Travis at a restaurant and they exchanged e-mails.
"While it isn't specifically addressed in our regulations, I do think that we would find a faculty-student relationship ruled out tacitly by our other policies, particularly with respect to sexual harassment and notions of professional conduct," he said.
A Gray Area Representatives from the State University of New York at Purchase, Marymount College, Sarah Lawrence College, Pace University, Westchester Community College, Iona College and Mercy College also said that such relationships were discouraged by the administration though not specifically addressed in college policies.