Former Bronx teacher ‘regularly’ molested female student, probe finds

A former Bronx high school phys-ed teacher convicted of raping a minor in Westchester County also molested an NYC student by touching and rubbing her behind 80 times in gym class, a probe found.

Tyler F. Sick, who taught at East Bronx Academy for the Future, fixated on the student’s butt during exercises, says a report by the Special Commissioner of Investigation for city schools.

Sick, now 31, taught for 14 months at the Bronx school — from September 2016 to November 2017 — until he was charged with statutory rape in the Westchester case, the city Department of Education said.

Arrested on Nov. 11, 2017 in Tarrytown, Sick was accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a girl under 17 years old.

The crime had occurred between Dec. 1, 2016 and Jan. 31, 2017 — while he was employed as a teacher by the city DOE, records show. His salary was $61,000.

Prosecutors would not say whether the victim was one of his students.

Upon his arrest in Westchester, the DOE suspended Sick without pay, and fired him a month later, said spokesman Doug Cohen.

SCI began a probe when one of Sick’s Bronx students read a news account of his arrest in Westchester — where he moonlighted as a wrestling coach at Edgemont HS — and alerted school officials to his inappropriate behavior, the report says.

She told investigators that Sick touched her while she did “planks,” in which a person faces down with their body in a horizontal line.

“Sick regularly placed his hand on her lower back and buttocks, both rubbing and tapping her buttocks, while he told her to ‘go lower,’” the SCI report says.

On several occasions when she rested, Sick “placed his hand on her buttocks and pushed her into an upward position.”

Sick made the student feel so uncomfortable she did not always take part in gym class, the report says. When she told another girl how Sick touched her, the fellow student responded that Sick had touched her, too, it adds.

Through his lawyer, Sick refused to speak with SCI investigators, the report says.

Sick pleaded guilty last July to two counts of third-degree rape, and was sentenced to 10 years probation. As conditions of his release, he had to surrender his teaching license and register as a sex offender both in New York and North Carolina, where he moved.

Records show Sick also worked for the Scarsdale school district in 2014-15, making about $21,000. A district spokeswoman did not answer questions about Sick’s job there.

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