BROOKLYN — An elementary school teacher arrested in September for sexually abusing five of his students had his charges upgraded Monday after another four girls came forward with allegations, the Brooklyn DA’s Office said.
Omil Carrasquillo, a science teacher at P.S. 249 in Kensington, was indicted for groping nine girls between ages 8 and 11 over a nearly two-year span beginning in November 2012, according to the Brooklyn DA’s office.
Carrasquillo, of Long Island, was initially ordered held on $50,000 bond but Brooklyn Supreme Court Justice Deborah Dowling upped that to $200,000 on Monday.
“This defendant is an alleged predator who surrounded himself with vulnerable victims,” Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said in a statement.
“What should have been a safe haven instead became a parent’s worst nightmare. We will now seek to vindicate the rights of these children.”
Carrasquillo is charged with sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child and sexual conduct against a child.
He’s next due in court Feb. 6.