New York’s newest teacher faces more than 40 years in prison for sending explicit messages to a young boy, court documents revealed.
Samuel Paty, 51, pleaded guilty to three counts of sending sexually explicit text messages and one count of sending obscene material to a student in December.
He was sentenced to a year and a day in jail, with credit for time already served.
Paty was a high school teacher in Queens from 2012 until 2016.
He had worked as a teacher in the Bronx for 17 years.
He was arrested in April 2017 and charged with 11 counts of child molestation and one of child endangerment.
A victim told the court he sent sexually explicit texts to Paty in 2014.
He told the judge he had hoped Paty would stop sending the messages but he said he did not.
He said he was 16 and a sophomore at the time.
The victim was 17 at the same time and said he sent the text messages because he thought Paty was having an affair with his mother.
The judge called Paty’s crimes a “sad, horrible and despicable” crime.
The teacher faces an additional year of probation and is ordered to undergo counseling.
The New York City Department of Education said in a statement that it was working with the district attorney’s office to determine how the case would be handled.
The department said it would make every effort to cooperate with the ongoing criminal investigation.