A Nassau County judge dismissed a case against a Long Beach man, Aaron Kozlowski, who teaches physical education at North Shore Middle School, where four boys alleged they witnessed him watch pornography and fondle himself in his office.
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Judge Valerie Alexander at Nassau District Court on Wednesday threw out four charges of child endangerment against Kozlowski, 31, after one of the four boys, ages 12-13, who leveled the charges against him, recanted his accusation, and two boys subsequently refused to cooperate with authorities. A fourth boy stands by his story, claiming he had a better view than his friends of the alleged incident.
The judge’s decision came after prosecutors told her on Sept. 27 that they found there is insufficient proof to move forward with the case and were dismissing the charges, according to Newsday.
Kozlowski — who was put on
paid leave since his arrest in April, was barred from coaching sports at the
school in Glen Head, and is
considering litigation against the boys’ families — said:
"I've worked at the school for nine years and have never had any single issue. And then all of a sudden, my character is being questioned, my reputation is being questioned for something that never happened."
The four boys said that on Feb. 8 they witnessed Kozlowski sitting in his office masturbating while watching two naked men having sex on a computer. While the allegations were internally investigated by the school, they weren't reported to police until April, after which Kozlowski surrendered to authorities in Williston Park. He was charged with four counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
At the time of Kozlowski’s arrest, his attorney, Rick Ostrove, said that computer records would exonerate the teacher. Marc Gann, Kozlowski’s latest attorney, said prosecutors searched his client’s work computer and personal laptop, as well as his wife’s personal laptop, and found no pornography.