By Susan Edelman, Aaron Short and Stephanie Pagones
It’s not clear how much reading, writing and arithmetic is going on at James Madison High School in Brooklyn — but it definitely has sex ed covered.
A special-ed teacher at the school allegedly had carnal relations with a student every day for two months — the fifth teacher accused of sexual misconduct in recent years.
Robert Cain seduced a girl in his Participation in Government class, and then engaged in daily sex with the teen in his office and a sixth-floor room before taking her to a hotel where he photographed their session, Special Commissioner of Investigation for city schools Richard Condon alleges in a newly released report obtained by The Post.
That makes five teachers in six years involved in sordid scandals at the Sheepshead Bay school, which counts Sen. Chuck Schumer among its alumni.
Two language teachers had an alleged lesbian tryst in a classroom in 2009. The same year, a female social studies instructor allegedly wooed a teen. In 2012, a female English teacher was charged with statutory rape after having sex with a 16-year-old boy in her office.
The Condon report recounts the latest scandal as follows.
Cain, 38, who is married with two children, met his victim in his class in September 2013. He joked with the girl, chatted about class work and family, teased her and complemented her clothes and looks, the report says.
He then spoke about his young daughter, his “ongoing divorce, and his lack of sex.” The student told probers she liked Cain and “did not want to see him depressed.”
During class that November, the report says, Cain walked around to the girl’s desk and whispered in her ear, “I have inappropriate feelings for you.”
After class, the girl went to Cain’s office to ask what he meant. In response, the report says, Cain locked his office door, approached the girl from behind and groped her breasts. The girl said she was “nervous, surprised and shocked,” but that she let Cain fondle her.
The “excited” pair then went to a room on the sixth floor where they had sex, the report says, explaining Cain told the girl no one should know what they were doing or they could both get in trouble.
After that, the girl cut her fifth-period class every day to go to Cain’s office. There, he would chase other kids out, close the door and make out with his pet. They had sexual intercourse in a “daily routine for two months,” the report says.
In December 2013, the girl asked Cain if they could spend a day together outside school, she told probers. He picked her up and drove to a Comfort Inn in Brooklyn. In room 307, the report says, they had sex and Cain took photos on his cellphone.
After Christmas break, the student saw other girls in Cain’s office and got jealous. She “believed she was in love with Cain and felt something special with him,” the report says. When the girl heard rumors that Cain was dating a female teacher, she sent him an e-mail advising him to leave her alone. He did not reply, which meant, to the girl, that Cain did not care, she told probers.
A complaint was lodged against Cain in February 2014.
Interviewed by investigators with his lawyer present, Cain denied he had any sexual relationship with the girl or sex with her anywhere in the school. He described the girl as “aggressive,” the report says.
Cain also denied he took the student to the Comfort Inn.
Investigators then showed Cain his $250 hotel credit-card receipt — and security video showing him walking into the hotel and upstairs with the girl.
First quiet, and then upset, he is quoted as saying: “So what if I took [the student], it doesn’t matter anymore. I’m not a tenured teacher, and I won’t get a job teaching anywhere. I might as well resign.”
Cain, who made $61,395 in 2014, quit effective last July 1. The student’s age at the time is unclear, but no criminal charges were filed. The age of consent in New York is 17.
Condon sent his report to the Department of Education last September and released it to The Post last week.
Reached outside his Staten Island home, Cain at first claimed his name was Jack Kerns. Handed a copy of the Condon report, Cain said, “I can tell you that if that was me, and I’m not confirming that, most of the information on that sheet of paper, um, is not factual.”
Pressed, he said, “No comment.”
James Madison HS has a “Wall of Distinction” honoring famous alumni including Schumer, presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, four Nobel Prize winners and Judge Judy.
It should add a Wall of Lust.
In November 2009, custodians discovered French and Spanish instructors Cindy Mauro and Alini Brito canoodling nearly naked in a darkened classroom at 8:50 p.m. One vixen was lying on the floor while the other woman was on her knees between her legs, an investigative report says. An assistant principal summoned to the scene found Brito buttoning her shirt and zipping up her boots.
Former school superintendent Linda Waite reported the women were drunk at the time.
Brito claimed she is a diabetic and that she was feeling ill. “Let’s go upstairs,” Mauro said, according to the report. “I have sugar and candy in my room.” Brito claimed she felt faint and that’s why she lay down on the floor.
The tenured teachers were terminated just over a year later, but a judge ruled the firing “too harsh.” Brito served a one-year suspension and will return to the school system in the fall, the DOE said, though it’s unclear where. Mauro’s case is still pending.
Social-studies instructor Allison Musacchio was yanked from the school in December 2009 for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a minor. Investigators said Musacchio exchanged 200 texts with the boy. She was fired in 2010.
English teacher Erin Sayar was busted in May 2012 for statutory rape after having sex with a 16-year-old student. She allegedly gave pot to the boy, exchanged 3,856 text messages with him over seven days and had intercourse and oral sex at least eight times — sometimes in her office. She even picked him up from his home one night and they had sex in her SUV.
The student’s girlfriend discovered the affair and the boy admitted to the liaison. Sayar lost her teaching license, received 10 years’ probation and was tagged a Level 1 sex offender after copping a plea in August 2013.
This article was originally published in the New York Post on July 5, 2015.