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Parents say school failed to divulge custodian’s sex abuse arrest


Parents on Friday said they were never alerted about a creepy custodian at their children’s Brooklyn school was arrested on charges of inappropriately touching at least five female staffers.


“I have not been alerted and that is definitely concerning,” said Erica Simon, 30, whose son goes to Public School 222 in Marine Park. “I didn’t get any email. Usually his teacher will text the parents with updates, but I haven’t heard anything.”


Kasim Khan, 36, was brought out of the school in handcuffs Thursday after a 46-year-old fifth grade teacher said he had grinded his privates against her buttocks when he caught her alone in a classroom two days earlier.


Three other female staffers, including a secretary, a school guidance counselor, and a crossing guard also reported unwanted contact from Khan, police sources said.

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The allegations range from grinding up against a woman to rubbing one victim’s shoulders, cops said.


A 44-year-old guidance counselor said Khan had grabbed her in a bear hug from behind, with his arms crossing the top of her breasts.


The alleged incidents stretch back to August, officials said.


Cops were alerted to Khan’s behavior Thursday by the school’s principal, police sources said.

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Khan is facing several counts of forcible touching, sex abuse and harassment. His arraignment was pending in Brooklyn Criminal Court Friday.


Bernard St. Jean, who has two children at PS 222, was surprised to hear about Khan’s arrest Friday morning.


“This is the first I’m hearing of this,” St. Jean, 50, said. “I have two kids here. It should never be happening, it’s not supposed to be happening, but because it was not a child, and it was a teacher, I feel better about it.”


Sources said that many school employees had complained to Khan’s supervisor, head custodian Anthony Astarita, but he never alerted the principal.

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A Department of Education spokesman said that Astarita has been transferred away from the school “pending an investigation.”


The Education Department is looking into the claims that parents were not notified of Khan’s arrest, the agency spokesman said.

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