Well, that takes some balls! This female teacher somehow got off the hook in the courtroom for having sex with a 12-year-old boy, but still lost her job with the Brooklyn, NY school district. Now she claims she shouldn’t have been fired just because of that.
Well, of course not! Among her “star” witnesses are her baby daddy and own two children.
On the other side the evidence the school district has are more than 8000 texts between the boy and Ms. Tillery, credit card receipts for motel rooms, and a video shot by the boy showing her putting her pants back on. Yeah, pretty flimsy if you ask me.
Details from the NY Post:
Claudia Tillery, who spent her 15-year career at the Stephen Decatur Middle School, wants back in the classroom because a jury cleared her of criminal charges.
But a Department of Education hearing officer found in April that a “preponderance of the credible record evidence” proves that Tillery raped the youngster — then painted him as a “master manipulator” to duck a criminal conviction.
In departmental hearings, the standard of proof is lower than the “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard required for a criminal conviction. Tillery was arrested in 2011 and acquitted in 2014.
The mother of two argues in her Manhattan Supreme Court suit against the DOE that she was deprived of due process because the hearing officer used sealed evidence from her criminal case and didn’t give proper credit to her own witnesses.
The suit doesn’t mention that Tillery’s witnesses were her own children and her homeless, schizophrenic baby daddy.
In her decision, DOE officer Haydee Rosario notes that a DNA test revealed both the student’s and the teacher’s saliva were on the teacher’s comforter cover.
Rosario also says the student recorded a video that shows his teacher putting her pants on in a motel room. Tillery and her young charge exchanged 8,000 text messages over two years using pseudonyms. In one message the teacher texted, “What’s up babe?”
Finally Tillery’s own credit-card records put her at the Motor Inn on seven occasions. Rosario didn’t buy the teacher’s claim that she simply took the student to the motel to “get him off the street” when he called her “upset and scared.”