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Nearly 10 years ago, a high school teacher was charged with raping a 15-year-old girl after dousing her with alcohol

A HIGH school teacher has appeared in court for the first time after being accused of “raping a 15-year-old girl” almost a decade ago.

Timothy Harrison, 46, had worked as a special education teacher and coach for the girls’ lacrosse and basketball teams at Babylon High School on Long Island.

Timothy Harrison made his first court appearance on Friday

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Timothy Harrison made his first court appearance on FridayPhoto credit: Suffolk County
Harrison was a special education teacher and coach of the girls' lacrosse and basketball teams at Babylon High School

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Harrison was a special education teacher and coach of the girls’ lacrosse and basketball teams at Babylon High SchoolPhoto credit: Suffolk County

Babylon Union Free District administrators contacted Suffolk County police in October 2021 to report allegations of misconduct by district employees.

The victim came forward after hearing former students speak out about the abuse they suffered at school at a school board meeting in Babylon in November.

Police officers arrested Harrison during a traffic stop in West Islip on Thursday.

He was charged with two counts of third-degree rape and one criminal sex act.

“I want to commend the victim in this case who showed so much courage years after she was hunted down,” said Rodney Harrison, Suffolk County Police Commissioner (no relative).

Prosecutors allege that he brought the girl to his home, gave her alcohol and had sex with her more than once in 2013. ABC 7 reports.

“The rape occurred off school premises, but the victim indicated that there was inappropriate physical contact at the school,” Rodney Harrison said.

Principal Linda Rozzi called the allegations “troubling”.

“These allegations are extremely worrying and our thoughts are with the victim,” she said Thursday.

“The District and Board of Education have no tolerance for such heinous acts and take all allegations of this nature very seriously. We will continue to make the safety and welfare of our students and staff our top priority.”

The attorney general is investigating the school district and said there may be other teachers who have hurt their students.

The Babylon School District said they removed the teacher from the classroom in November.

The Babylon School District said they removed Harrison from the classroom in November

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The Babylon School District said they removed Harrison from the classroom in NovemberPhoto credit: Suffolk County

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