Who is Michael D’Anna? NYC teacher, 41, arrested for kissing 13-year-old schoolboy

The shocked assistant principal, who witnessed the special education teacher Michael D’Anna, 41, kissing the 13-year-old male student, called the cops


                            Who is Michael D’Anna? NYC teacher, 41, arrested for kissing 13-year-old schoolboy
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BROOKLYN, NYC: A Brooklyn teacher was accused of kissing a 13-year-old boy on the lips at school and was arrested on Friday, November 12, for his alleged crime, according to police and education sources. 

Michael D’Anna, 41, a special education teacher, allegedly kissed the student at PS/IS 30 Mary White Ovington in the Bay Ridge area at around 8 am at 7002 4th Ave, the NYPD said. This prompted a shocked assistant principal who witnessed the act to immediately call the cops, sources said. D’anna is being charged with acting in a manner injurious to a child and sexual abuse. Some of the other teachers who made headlines for similar reasons include Andrew Cowells, Anthony Peace, and Krystal Jackson

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Who is Michael D’Anna?

D’Anna is a tenured teacher who has been with the city’s Department of Education (DOE) since 2009 and has been working at PS/IS 30 since 2013. A DOE rep said the agency would seek to terminate D’Anna and he would be placed in an administrative post in the meantime. He has been reassigned to a DOE administrative office where he will have zero contact with students while the incident is being investigated. 

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“The school immediately reported this deeply concerning allegation, and this individual has been removed from the school while we follow the necessary steps to pursue termination,” said DOE spokeswoman Katie O’Hanlon. “The safety of our students is our top priority, and we are cooperating fully with the police department to assist with the investigation.” The DOE also stated that an initial check did not reveal any prior misconduct by D’Anna.

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Similar incidents

Last month, two such incidents came into light where teachers tried to establish inappropriate relationships with students. A high school teacher, Heiry Calvi, 41, was arrested on October 7 for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a male student, 15, at JC Bermudez Doral Senior High School. Calvi is reportedly pregnant but won't say who the father is. Calvi informed the police about her pregnancy after being taken into custody but refused to comment on who the father is.

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Calvi had been on leave since March after students at Bermudez Doral Senior High reported seeing videos of Calvi allegedly having sex with the teen student. Police started an investigation into the matter right away. It isn't clear if Calvi had any contact with the teenager afterward. A search of the teen’s phone allegedly found naked photos of the pair along with a string of WhatsApp messages wherein Calvi and the teen reportedly confessed their love for each other. Police also mentioned an audio recording of the teen telling another person to deny knowing about his alleged relationship with Calvi. 

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In another instance, a 31-year-old Florida middle school drama teacher, Brittiny Lopez-Murray, was arrested on October 4, for allegedly having sex with a former student in her car on multiple occasions. A police report obtained by the Miami Herald said that the alleged relationship between the student and the teacher began in August when the teacher texted the teen about “her feelings toward” him. The report said that the teacher and the student exchanged texts talking about “how much they enjoyed the sex with each other". The student is now in high school. Lopez-Murray has been charged with lewd and lascivious battery, molestation, and engaging in a sexual act with a child.

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