HOLBROOK, NY (OnSachem.com / OnTownMedia.com) — Suffolk County Police arrested a high school teacher residing in Holbrook for having an alleged sexual relationship with a student in the Shoreham-Wading River School District.
Following an investigation by Special Victims Section detectives, teacher Veronica Pezdan was pulled over and arrested on southbound William Floyd Parkway after she left Shoreham/Wading River High School at approximately 11 a.m. Monday, police said.
"Pezdan teaches mathematics at the school and engaged in a sexual relationship with a male student during the past two months," police wrote in a statement.
Pezdan, 28, of 1551 Tanner St. in Holbrook, was charged with two counts of Rape 3rd Degree and two counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, according to police. She will be held overnight at the Fourth Precinct for arraignment at First District Court in Central Islip on Tuesday.
Aug. 20 Update:
Statement by Gerard W. Poole, Superintendent of Schools:
Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s),
Late last week, the District received a tip from a staff member regarding concerns with a high school teacher. Upon learning this information, the District immediately began an internal investigation and subsequently contacted the police. As a result, the District has been notified by the Suffolk County Police Department that a part-time high school math teacher has been arrested for third degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child.
Effective immediately, this individual will no longer be employed by the district and a new teacher will be placed in the classroom. The individual in question passed all necessary New York State background checks prior to employment.
The Administration and Board of Education are deeply concerned about these allegations. Please be assured that the District does not tolerate and condemns such behaviors. The District is fully cooperating with authorities.
As this is a police matter, as well as a matter of personnel, the District is not able to comment further.
Gerard W. Poole
SWRCSD Superintendent of Schools