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HARLEM, NY – An employee of an after-school program has been arraigned in court on Tuesday, February 20, 2024, for allegedly sexually abusing an 8-year-old student. Miles McNeal, 25, who taught a photography class at PS 185 located at 20 W 112th St, New York, NY 10026, was arrested on February 1, leading to a series of concerns and meetings among parents.

Accusations Against Former Part-time Teacher of Child Abuse

McNeal is accused of sexually abusing a young female student and taking explicit photographs of the child’s private parts. Furthermore, he is alleged to have shown these photographs to other students, compounding the gravity of the situation. During his arraignment on Tuesday, McNeal pleaded not guilty to the charges. He remains in custody, and his lawyer declined to comment on the case.

Parents Upset Over Delay in Notification Following Abuse Allegations

Dozens of parents gathered in a closed-door meeting on February 8 to express their concerns and anger over the handling of the after-school employee’s arrest. They claimed that they were not promptly notified about the incident and voiced their dissatisfaction with the actions taken by the school. As a result, the school’s principal has been reassigned.

Removal of Principal and Parent Coordinator

In response to the incident, the Department of Education (DOE) confirmed that both the principal and parent coordinator have been removed from PS 185. The DOE released a statement condemning the alleged actions and emphasizing the importance of student safety.

Investigation Ongoing After Teacher’s Arrest

The DOE and the district attorney’s office are conducting investigations into the matter. The DOE assured the public that the safety and well-being of students are their top priorities. The district superintendent has been working closely with the affected families and the school community during this leadership change.

Encouraging Other Victims to Come Forward

The New York Police Department (NYPD) is urging any other potential victims to come forward by contacting the NYPD’s Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-646-610-7272 or the Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Spanish speakers can call 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Exploring Legal Options for Victims of After-School Program Abuse

In the aftermath of a distressing incident where an after-school employee in Harlem was arraigned for allegedly sexually abusing an 8-year-old student, it is important to address the legal avenues available to victims of similar abuse in after-school programs. In this interview, we speak with Laurence Banville, a New York-based child abuse attorney, who provides valuable information and guidance on navigating the complex process of seeking justice and support for victims. Gain insights into the potential civil cases against responsible parties and understand the challenges victims may face in their pursuit of recourse.

Legal Examiner (LE): We are joined today by Laurence Banville, a New York-based sexual abuse lawyer, to discuss the options for victims who have experienced abuse during an after-school program at school. Mr. Banville, thank you for joining us.

Laurence Banville, Esq. (LB): Thank you for having me.

LE: In light of the recent case in Harlem involving an after-school employee, what legal recourse do victims typically have in such situations?

LB: Victims of abuse during after-school programs may have the option to pursue a civil case against the liable parties involved. This can include the after-school program itself, the school, and potentially other individuals or entities responsible for the safety and well-being of the students.

LE: Could you provide some insight into the process of filing a civil case for victims in these circumstances?

LB: Certainly. When filing a civil case, it’s essential for victims to consult with an experienced attorney who specializes in child abuse and sexual assault cases. The attorney will gather evidence, interview witnesses, and work to establish the liability of the responsible parties. They will also assess the damages suffered by the victim, such as physical and emotional trauma, medical expenses, and therapy costs.

LE: Are there any specific challenges victims may face when pursuing a civil case against after-school programs?

LB: Victims may encounter challenges such as proving negligence or inadequate supervision on the part of the after-school program or school. Additionally, there may be legal complexities surrounding the statute of limitations, which varies depending on the jurisdiction and the victim’s age at the time of the abuse. However, an experienced attorney can guide victims through these challenges and help them navigate the legal process.

LE: What advice would you give to victims who have experienced abuse during an after-school program?

LB: My advice would be to prioritize their safety and well-being by seeking appropriate medical and emotional support. It’s crucial for victims to document as much information as possible about the abuse, including dates, times, and any witnesses present. They should then consult with a knowledgeable attorney who can provide guidance tailored to their specific situation.

LE: Thank you, Mr. Banville, for sharing your expertise on this important topic.

LB: You’re welcome. It’s my pleasure to shed light on the legal options available to victims of after-school program abuse.

LE: We hope this conversation provides valuable information to those who may need it. If you or someone you know has been affected by abuse during an after-school program, please consult with a qualified attorney to explore your legal rights.

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If you or a loved one has been affected by abuse during an after-school program, we are here to help. Our experienced team understands the sensitive nature of these cases and is committed to providing support and legal guidance to victims and their families. We offer a free consultation to discuss your situation, assess your legal options, and answer any questions you may have. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us for compassionate assistance in seeking justice and securing the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a confidential and no-obligation consultation.

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