The parents of a teen boy who say he was sexually abused for months by his teacher filed an $11 million notice of claim against the city for failing to protect their son, the Daily News has learned.
Mervyn Affoon was arrested in October for allegedly groping and having sex with the 16-year-old Brooklyn student since February.
The encounters allegedly happened at Affoon’s Avenue H apartment in East Flatbush and inside the Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at Erasmus High School in Flatbush.
The business teacher, 52, allegedly gave the boy money after each sexual act, about $400 in total.
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The teen’s parents, whose names are being withheld to protect the identification of their son, filed the multimillion-dollar notice of claim on Dec. 1 as the first steps to filing an official lawsuit.
“The family wants to see that Mr. Affoon faces the stiffest penalties afforded under the law and the Department of Education and the city of New York must be held accountable for the actions of Mr. Affoon, a New York City schoolteacher who was clearly unfit for his position,” said the family’s attorney Scott Rynecki.
After the teacher was arrested, his attorney charged the allegations were part of an extortion plot conjured up by another student, a claim Rynecki called “outrageous.”
Affoon, whose salary is $89,696, was immediately removed from the classroom and reassigned to administrative duties.
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A Brooklyn grand jury is weighing an indictment in Affoon’s case, court records show. If convicted, the 12-year educator faces up to four years in prison.
A spokesman with the city’s Law Department declined to comment.
A request for comment from Affoon’s new attorney, Mark Pollard was not returned.
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