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Eliodoro J. Figueroa, 30, of 18-34 Summerfield St., was charged with third-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child, a spokeswoman for DA Richard Brown said. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

Figueroa, who was assigned to Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn and worked as a safety officer for more than five years, allegedly had sex with the girl about 1:30 p.m. on Mother's Day at the Cross Bay Motel near Broad Channel, according to police and the criminal complaint filed by the Queens district attorney's office.

The sex was consensual, but Figueroa was charged with rape because the girl is under age, a spokeswoman for the Queens DA.

The girl is a student at Thomas Jefferson, the New York Post reported.

Figueroa resigned from his post at the school after he was arrested at 5 a.m. in his home Friday, according to The Post. The paper also reported Figueroa said he believed the girl was 18.

Figueroa was arrested after the girl's parents learned about their alleged liaison and reported it to the police, according to The Daily News.

Figueroa was arraigned May 14 in Queens Criminal Court before Judge Robert Raciti, who set bail at $3,000 and ordered the defendant to stay away from the 16-year-old girl, the DA said.

Updated 7:05 pm, October 10, 2011
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