"Teacher of the Year" Arrested for Molesting Bronx Student

By Hasani Gittens
|  Wednesday, Sep 23, 2009  |  Updated 9:50 AM EDT
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"Teacher of the Year" Arrested for Molesting Bronx Student

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LONDON - MAY 21 : A classroom at Edenham High School lies empty after lunchtime May 21, 2003 in Croydon, England. The school had to send home about 700 of it's pupils early because of funding problems, which meant the school could not afford to employ temporary teaching staff while teachers were off sick. (Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images)

Bronx high-school dean was arrested Tuesday for allegedly molesting a 14-year-old male student, officials said.

Johnathan Huff, who was named "Teacher of the Year" in 2007, according to the NY Post, was charged with forcible touching, endangering the welfare of a child and sex abuse while classes were being held Saturday at the Urban Assembly Academy for History and Citizenship for Young Men, authorities said.

The dean allegedly fondled the boys privates over his clothes, according to officials, who said they were first alerted to the molestation via a 911 call on Monday.

The school is part of the the Taft High School campus in Mount Eden.

Huff will not be allowed back at the school while investigations continue, but former students said the charges seemed out of character.

"I can't tell you what a person is capable of doing but I wouldn't picture him being capable of doing that," Iris Mendy, a one-time pupil, told NY1.

"Every morning he'd open the doors, humble, saying hi to everybody, he wasn't that type of guy that would be touching a 14-year-old," said former student Ivan Echavarria, according to NY1.

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