A New York City school teacher is facing charges after being accused of having a string of sexual encounters with a student. The teacher, 39-year-old Joy Morsi, will likely face additional charges since it is reported that a second student has come forward.
The student Morsi preyed on for nearly a year is now 17 years old. The student says he began talking with Morsi extensively last year after Morsi, a physical education teacher at Grover Cleveland High School in Queens, offered to help him lose weight. Soon after they were in regular contact with each other, Morsi sent the teen an email asking if he was a virgin. On June 10, 2013 Morsi led the student into a school closet and exposed herself to him. The two then had the first of what would be many sexual encounters.
Morsi is married to a fellow Grover Cleveland High School teacher, with whom she has two young children.
Prosecutors allege that the Morsi and the student had sex on many occasions both at the school and outside of it. The student reported the encounters to authorities after Morsi became jealous that he was taking a fellow student to prom.
New York City Department of Education officials report that Morsi was immediately removed from the classroom following the charges.
“We find these claims disturbing and reprehensible and she will remain reassigned — far from any student and the school — pending a criminal investigation,” press secretary Marcus Liem said.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown spoke on the troubling accusations earlier this week.
“This case is particularly disturbing because the defendant is a teacher and schools should be safe havens for children,” he said. “Instead, this defendant is accused of sexually preying upon one of her students during rendezvous all over the school.”
Morsi's interactions with other students are now being investigated, though no details on the second student who has come forward have been released.
Morsi is charged with one count each of third-degree rape, third-degree criminal sex act, and endangering the welfare of a child. If convicted, she faces up to four years in prison.