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Richard Ali, 28, of 91-48 115th St., bizarrely told Queens Supreme Court Justice James P. Griffin that the crimes that he pleaded guilty to - rape, statutory rape and sexual abuse - would not land him behind bars "in other parts of the world," Brown said."Hopefully, the defendant will never be allowed to teach in a classroom anywhere in the world again, because he clearly shows no concern for the children he chose to victimize," the DA said.Ali, a former biology teacher at Cathedral High School, an all-girls Catholic school at 350 East 56th St., raped the first girl, who was under 16, on April 1, 2005, Brown said. He also sexually abused her on April 7, 2005, Brown said.Ali sexually abused a second student, who was also underage, back on Nov. 10, 2006, and raped and molested her the next day before raping her again on Nov. 18, 2006, according to the DA.He was charged with statutory rape of another student in January 2007 and sexual abuse of a fourth on Feb. 3, 2007.All of the instances of sexual abuse occurred in Queens, according to the DA.Ali had sex with one of the girls in his car, which was parked in Long Island City, in January 2007, according to the criminal complaint in the case. He took another victim to the Whitestone Multiplex Cinemas a month later, where he rubbed the girl's legs, stomach and breasts and put his hand on her shirt.Ali was arrested last year, Brown said.The former teacher said he plans to move to Trinidad after he is released from prison, according to the DA.He was brought up on charges after one of the victims told a school guidance counselor about the sexual abuse, Brown said. The counselor then alerted authorities about the girl's allegations.Reach reporter Howard Koplowitz by e-mail at hkoplowitz@timesledger.com or by phone at 718-229-0300, Ext. 173.

Updated 6:57 pm, October 10, 2011
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