A teacher from New York whose social media presence centers on her alcohol-fueled lifestyle pleaded not guilty to charges of performing oral sex on a 14-year-old student. She is now out on bail and was ordered by the court to keep her distance from the victim.
29-year-old Dori Myers pleaded not guilty to one count each of criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child, New York Daily News reported. She teaches at the New School for Leadership and the Arts in the Bronx and has worked at the school since 2014.
According to prosecutors, Myers had the illicit encounter with the young student on November 1 and was arrested Friday at the site of the attack in Washington Heights. Word of the improper relationship spread from the victim himself to a classmate, who then notified the school’s principal.
Defense lawyer Andrew Stoll described his client as a devoted teacher whose record is completely clean and who simply wanted to cultivate a closer relationship with her students in an effort to better teach the material.
“My understanding is she’s a really outstanding teacher,” he said, pointing to her initiative to start the school’s track team. “It sounds like no good deed goes unpunished. You reach out to make yourself available to kids, and the next thing you know, a single accusation can destroy your career.”
Myers – whose pictures on social media show off her repertoire of T-shirts bearing logos like “champagne all day” and “whiskey makes me frisky” – also earned the support of her neighbor.
“She’s a sweet girl – that does surprise me,” the man told the Daily News on condition of anonymity. “She’s a very nice, great girl. Quiet.”
Department of Education spokesman Doug Cohen confirmed that Myers has been “reassigned away from students” while an investigation takes place.