Maria Contreras: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

A teaching assistant is accused of raping a mentally ill special education student on numerous occasions. The TA, Maria Contreras, 29, was arrested on February 7 in the Bronx on these shocking charges. The student, a male, 14, says he was raped more than six times.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. The Boy Says During One Encounter She Told Him ‘Just Put It in Already’

The New York Times reports that the boy told investigators in rendezvous at her apartment in November 2014, Contreras told him “Just put it in already.” The Times says that the encounters all happened at Contreras apartment, beginning on November 11 and ending around a week later. The pair allegedly performed oral sex on each other. The boy also says that in January 2015, Contreras rubbed his penis at school with him asking her to stop.


2. Contreras Was a Substitute Teaching Assistant

The Bronx Academy of Letters is located here, along Morris Avenue in The Bronx. (Google Street View)

The Bronx Academy of Letters is located here, along Morris Avenue in The Bronx. (Google Street View)

A spokeswoman for New York’s Department of Education, Devora Kaye, told the media in a statement, “These allegations are incredibly disturbing. Ms. Contreras has been removed from her position and will no longer be employed.” Contreras had been working at the Bronx Academy of Letters as a substitute teaching assistant. On the school’s Facebook page, it’s described as a “small, 6-12 public high school in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx – founded on the belief that young people who can express themselves clearly in writing will be more successful in any path they choose.” The New York Times reports that the school has gone through three principals in the past five years. The current principal is Brandon Cardet-Hernandez.


3. Contreras’ Lawyer Says the Boy Has ‘Serious Issues’

Contreras' home, located along Barker Avenue in The Bronx. (Google Street View)

Contreras’ home, located along Barker Avenue in The Bronx. (Google Street View)

She was arrested on February 7 after the boy told his mother, reports ABC New York. She’s being held on a bail of $25,000 in bond of $10,000 in cash. Her lawyer, Ruth Hamilton, told the New York Daily News that the allegations are unfounded. Hamilton said, “This is an accusation that does not ring true. This is the word of a special needs child with serious behaviorism issues. There is no evidence. No e-mails, no texts, no Facebook posts, no messages.” Her lawyer also alleged that the boy had recently been suspended from the school. She has officially been charged with six charges of second-degree rape and two counts of second-degree criminal sex acts. A restraining order has also been filed for the boy against Contreras.


4. Contreras Has 2 Kids

Contreras has two young children. The New York Post reports that “more than 40 of Contreras’ relatives and friends were in court to lend their support to the married mother of two children.” She was arraigned on February 8 in the Bronx Criminal Court. The abuse is believed to happened at the home she shares with her husband and children, along Barker Avenue in the Bronx.


5. There Were 781 Reported Cases of Teacher/Student Sex in the U.S. in 2014

State seal of Alabama. (Wikipedia)

State seal of Alabama. (Wikipedia)

Alabama has the highest rate of teacher/student sexual relationships. AL.com reported a study in January 2015 that suggested of the 781 reported cases in the U.S. in 2014, 25 were in Alabama. Per capita, that means Alabama has the highest rate. Ron Paige, who performed the study with Drive West Communications, said that the methodology wasn’t perfect and that certain things are illegal in Alabama that aren’t in California.

4 Comments

4 Comments

Anonymous

You say at the begining of the article that you are stating facts, please mention your sources other than rehashing what the media machine is pouring out. The school has had three principals in five years … I wonder why? Sadly, because of the accuser’s age and mental/medical background everyone assumes that either it’s true (we all know that children never lie or make up stories). Ask yourself the histories regarding the people involved. Is this teacher a bad person, have they been accused of this in the past, do they have any indication of doing, having done or being capable of doing something like this? Now ask the same questions about the student. Also, this teacher was condemed even before trail – the DOE fired her, without an investigation or an attempt to find the truth. The news media (most of it is garbage anyway) nailed her to the cross prior to her making it the priecent … so much for due process and fair trail

Sweet

Maria was a co worker of mine years ago. She is not capable of doing this.

Innocent until proven otherwise

Pia

Oh I doubt this! Who is out to get her. Think about it. Why would she be interested in the first place and it is not like a women Well lets say there is no shortage of men out there. And still I doubt if she is stronger than him.

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