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Former New York City Prosecutor accused of Sexually Assaulting a 13-year-old Girl while Working as a Teacher at a Catholic School

Former New York City Prosecutor accused of Sexually Assaulting a 13-year-old Girl while Working as a Teacher at a Catholic School

A former city prosecutor who has transitioned into a religious school teacher is facing charges of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

A former assistant district attorney from the Bronx and Brooklyn, Daniel Haines, 39, who was also a teacher at Mt. Carmel-Holy Rosary in East Harlem, has been accused of engaging in sexual contact with someone and recording it on cell phone videos. Additionally, he allegedly exchanged numerous explicit photos and videos with the individual via email. These allegations are detailed in a criminal complaint filed by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

According to the complaint, the reported abuse occurred repeatedly from April 18, 2022 to April 7, 2023, while the victim was in 7th and 8th grade.

He was taken into custody on May 17.

The complaint mentions a partially redacted address that suggests the abuse took place at Mt. Carmel, where Haines was employed as a teacher.

An act of forcible rape is alleged to have taken place against a desk, according to the complaint.

Mt. Carmel principal Trista Rivera reached out to parents, providing them with the contact information for the Manhattan DA’s child abuse bureau at 212-335-4300. She encouraged parents to reach out if their children had any form of contact with Haines.

Joseph Zwilling, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of New York, assured The Post that the school is fully cooperating with the investigation into the allegation.

Rivera and Zwilling provided limited information regarding Haines’ departure from Mt. Carmel, leaving parents confused and concerned about the status of the 13-year-old victim as a student at the school.

Haines served in the Bronx DA’s office from 2009 to 2019, according to a spokesman.

After that, he had a short stint at the Brooklyn DA’s office. Spokesman Oren Yaniv declined to provide any information regarding his departure. He earned a salary of $105,000 in his previous position.

Following that, Haines accepted a position at Mt. Carmel, where the typical teacher’s salary amounts to $54,768.

He remained until the conclusion of the 2022-23 academic year.

A parent from Mt. Carmel expressed her dissatisfaction with Haines, the English teacher for her child in 6th and 7th grade.

“I thought he was terrible, but the principal either disregarded my concerns or reassured me about his dedication to the kids,” she said. After departing from the school, he had a habit of unexpectedly appearing. It’s quite strange.

In September of 2023, Haines became a part of the Heschel School, a Jewish day academy located on the Upper West Side. During his time there, he was responsible for teaching middle grades and also took on the roles of basketball coach and mock trial coach.

In a recent letter to parents, head of school Ariela Dubler and board president Ben Archibald assured that the reported misconduct took place before Daniel’s tenure at Heschel. We are not aware of any allegations of criminal or inappropriate conduct within the Heschel community.

The letter states that Haines was hired after undergoing reference and criminal background checks. Upon discovering his arrest, the school took immediate action by suspending him and revoking his access to our systems and buildings.

According to records, Haines entered a plea of not guilty and was subsequently released on a cash bail of $350,000.

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