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Nov 20, 2:20 PM EST

Probe: Accused NYC teacher's hiring not in error


NEW YORK (AP) -- Investigators say the New York City Department of Education was not in error when it hired a teacher who has since been charged with sex abuse.

Prosecutors say 44-year-old Sean Shaynak preyed on students while teaching at Brooklyn Technical High School.

Shaynak was indicted on 36 charges including kidnapping, forcible touching, sexual abuse and criminal sexual act.

Shaynak is being held at Rikers Island and has a court date Tuesday. His attorney says he denies the charges.

After Shaynak was arrested in August, questions were raised about a 2005 arrest in Maryland over an altercation with an 11-year-old neighbor.

A report released Thursday by the special commissioner of investigation for New York City schools says the earlier arrest did not disqualify Shaynak from being hired because he was not convicted.

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