A Brooklyn judge Wednesday raised bail for a former high school business teacher accused of sexually abusing a male student after a grand jury upgraded charges to include discovery of a pornographic video of a minor.
Mervyn Affoon, 69, has been charged with sexual abusing a 16-year-old student at least nine times between February and June last year inside The Academy of Hospitality and Tourism at Erasmus High School.
Affoon resigned, receiving a pension from the Department of Education. But prosecutors say they later learned of another incident.
“Before the summer break, the defendant asked the complainant if he has any videos of himself performing a sexual act. The complainant did and the defendant asked to upload the video to the defendant’s phone,” Assistant District Attorney Deborah Weiner said in court Wednesday.
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Justice William Miller increased Affoon’s cash bail from $20,000 — which Affoon has already paid — to $25,000. Affoon, who faces up to seven years in prison if convicted, was in court with supporters — two former students. He has denied the charges.
Affoon, who faces up to seven years in prison if convicted, was in court with supporters — two former students.
“The top charge is based solely on the word of the complainant who is lying,” said his lawyer, Mark Pollard.
“This case is about an $11 million extortion lawsuit … I’ve received several calls and letters in support of my client. These allegations are totally false.”
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Pollard also argued Affoon is ill and needs medical attention “to stay alive.” He shook a black plastic bag, presumably containing medications, but declined to say what Affoon was being treated for.
The teen’s family filed a notice of claim against the city shortly after Affoon’s arrest, lawyer Scott Rynecki said.
“This is not about money, this is obvious that a grand jury found enough evidence to indict on 25 different counts,” he said. “This is a distraught family trying to deal with these horrendous, horrendous acts, the allegations are egregious,” said Rynecki.
“This is every parent’s worst nightmare. There is a lot wrong here, a lot that failed in the system.”
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