A Brooklyn elementary school teacher arrested earlier this year on sexual abuse charges was accused of molesting four additional students in a 22-count indictment that was unsealed Monday.
Omil Carrasquillo, a former science teacher at The Canton School P.S. 249 in Flatbush, is charged with five counts of sexual conduct against a child, 11 counts of endangering the welfare of a child and multiple counts of first- and second-degree sexual abuse.
The 36-year-old Carrasquillo was arrested in September for allegedly molesting at least five girls between the ages of 10 and 11 on school property, according to police. The indictment accuses him of molesting those five, plus an additional four girls who were between 8 and 11 years old at the time of the alleged abuse.
Prosecutors say the abuse began as early as November of 2012 and lasted through September 2014. The investigation began after one student told authorities she had been abused.
Police said Carrasquillo would give his male and female students a hug if they had done something good or that they would hug him, according to the September complaint. Carrasquillo told officials that it was possible the children may have misunderstood how he was touching them, according to the complaint. He said he would put his arms on their back or shoulders when explaining classwork or that he would touch their arms or legs to get their attention, police said.
Carrasquillo was removed from the classroom as soon as administrators learned of the allegations, city Department of Education spokesman Harry Hartfield has said. The DOE said Carrasquillo had worked for the department since 2006.
The former teacher posted $200,000 bail and is expected to return to his home on Long Island, according to his attorney. Carrasquillo has pleaded not guilty. He faces up to seven years in prison for each count if convicted.
“We will undertake a thorough and careful review of the allegations and provide Mr. Carrasquillo with an appropriate and dignified defense,” said the defendant's attorney, Anthony La Pinto.
Carrasquillo is next due in court in February.