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Hillside Arts teacher arrested on sexual predator charges

Hillside Arts and Letters Academy is located within the Jamaica High School campus.
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Cops posing online as a teenage girl arrested a teacher who works at the Jamaica High School campus earlier this week on charges of being a sexual predator, the Queens district attorney said.

Police claim Monsur Khan, 30, allegedly showed up to meet “Sara” Wednesday after sending numerous explicit messages in February and March over the Internet to a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl but who was actually an undercover vice detective, DA Richard Brown said.

“This case should once again serve as a reminder that sexual predators are cruising the Internet in search of vulnerable victims,” Brown said. “Despite numerous publicized arrests for exactly this type of alleged behavior, sexual predators continue to be relentless in searching the Internet for victims. Do not let your child become one of them. Parents must monitor their children’s online activities to ensure that they are not being lured into dangerous situations.”

The DA’s office said Khan allegedly chatted with his interlocutor about having sex in a hotel and made arrangements to meet Wednesday for the first time only to have pizza.

But when he allegedly showed up at the Queens location in the afternoon, Khan was met by an undercover officer and was arrested on charges of attempted statutory rape and criminal sex act, sending indecent material to a minor, endangering the welfare of a child and resisting arrest, the DA said.

Khan has been a science teacher at Hillside Arts and Letters, one of the schools on the campus, since 2011 and was reassigned away from the school following his arrest, the city Department of Education said.

If convicted on the charges, Khan faces up to four years in jail, the prosecutor’s office said.

Reach reporter Rich Bockmann by e-mail at rbockmann@cnglocal.com or by phone at 718-260-4574.

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