crimes and misdemeanors

Bronx Teaching Assistant Accused of Raping Mentally Disabled Teen

Photo: NBC New York

Maria Contreras, a 29-year-old teaching assistant, has been arrested and charged with six counts of rape and two counts of a criminal sex act. Contreras’s alleged victim was a 14-year-old male student at the Bronx Academy of Letters, where she was employed as a “substitute paraprofessional,”  according to the Department of Education.

The 14-year-old has been described by news outlets as “mentally disabled” or “mentally ill.” CBS 2 reports, “Contreras raped the teen multiple times at her apartment on Barker Avenue in the Bronx, investigators said. The inappropriate relationship started Nov. 11 and lasted about a week, police said. The victim told his mother about the alleged abuse, and she notified police.”

In a statement, the DOE called the allegations against Contreras “incredibly disturbing” and said she had been fired. “We are working with the NYPD on their investigation,” the statement added.

Bronx Teaching Assistant Accused of Raping Teen