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LI Crimes: Home Invasions, Teacher Accused of Abusing Student

A look at recent crime headlines island-wide.

Here are some of the top crime stories from across Long Island over the past week:

Police: Ward Melville Teacher Sexually Abused Student

A Ward Melville High School science teacher has been arrested and charged with sexually abusing a female student, Suffolk police said. 

Special Victims Section detectives arrested Stephen Malusa, 47, after an investigation revealed that he had abused the female student in May 2013, police said. 

Malusa, of Selden, was charged with third degree sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child.

Police: Lake Grove Woman Falsely Reports Burglary She Committed

A Lake Grove woman was arrested on Thursday for burglarizing her landlord’s residence and falsely reporting a burglary to mislead responding officers, police said. 

Sara Hernandez, 25,  called 911 on Wednesday to report that a man was breaking into the main portion of a home, located on Ebzu Court, in which she rents an apartment, police said. 

Hernandez said the man broke into her landlord’s residence before fleeing in a red vehicle, police said.  

Fourth Squad detectives responded with patrol officers and determined that a burglary had occurred, but an investigation into the burglary determined that Hernandez had fabricated the incident and had committed the burglary herself, police said.

Police: Armed Men Force Way Into Medford Home, Rob Four People Inside

Police are searching for two men who they say forced their way into a Medford home early Tuesday morning and robbed four people of cash, car keys and cellphones. 

The incident occurred at 12:30 a.m. when two men knocked on the front door of a house at 139 West Yaphank Road, police said. When someone inside the house opened the door, one of the men "displayed a pistol" and both men then proceeded to rob four people on the lower level of the house, police said. 

Cops: Armed Men Tied Up Woman in Island Park Home

Two armed men forced an Island Park woman into her home and tied her up before they were chased out by her husband, reported Nassau County Police.

The 42-year-old woman was entering her Kingston Boulevard home when two men emerged from behind a parked car and approached her, cops said. The two reportedly forced her inside her home, found a phone cord, and tied her up.

While one of the men, who had a black handgun, guarded the victim, the second man went upstairs to search for valuables, cops said. The victim's husband was in bed at the time and he chased both subjects out of the house, police reported.

Cops Make Arrest in East Meadow Bank Robbery

A Baldwin woman faces charges after Nassau County Police say she robbed an East Meadow bank and a Freeport shoe store.

Patricia Hernandez, 45, was charged with first- and third-degree robbery Tuesday after an investigation by NCPD and the Bureau of Special Operations.

DA: Ex-Town Employee Lied About Felony in Job Application

A former Town of North Hempstead worker lied about an earlier federal conviction on his employment applications, officials said.

Edward Lucas, 59, of Great Neck, was arrested Friday and charged with three counts of offering a false instrument in the first degree, according to Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice.

Cops: 2 Arrested in Syosset for North Shore Burglaries

A man and woman were arrested in Syosset for a burglaries that took place on the North Shore, authorities said.

Nassau detectives arrested Nicholas P. Mustakas, 19, of 17 Vernon Avenue, East Norwich, and Nicole E. Ottaiano, 23, of 7 Mariners Walk, Oyster Bay, for a burglary at a home on Singleworth Street in Oyster Bay on Wednesday.

ARCH STANTON March 31, 2014 at 03:30 PM
THE INCIDENTS OF SEXUAL ABUSE AND INAPPROPRIATE CONTACT WITH STUDENTS IN SCHOOLS ON LONG ISLAND IS RISING. IN THE PAST FIFTEEN MONTHS THERE HAVE BEEN ELEVEN ARRESTS OF TEACHERS ACCUSED OF SEXUAL ABUSE. HOW MANY OTHER INCIDENTS HAVE OCCURRED, THAT CHILDREN ARE AFRAID TO REPORT? MOST PARENTS TEACH THEIR CHILDREN TO BE WARY OF STRANGERS. UNFORTUNATELY MOST INCIDENTS OF ABUSE ARE PERPETRATED BY SOMEONE THE CHILD KNOWS. THEY SHOULDN'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT NOT BEING SAFE IN THEIR SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT.

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