Bronx Teacher Accused Of Beating Teen Over Weed Money Also Threatened Student's Mother With Rape
The 48-year-old teacher has been hit with a slew of charges including criminal possession of stolen property and robbery.
A Bronx charter school teacher who is being accused of beating a 16-year-old student over a drug deal gone awry, is now also being accused of threatening to have his mother raped to double-down on the revenge.
According to The New York Daily News, Kevin Pope, a science teacher at John V. Lindsay Wildcat Academy in Hunts Point, issued the supposed threat while inflicting several blow to the teen, which resulted in him having to receive stitches.
“You better get my money,” the 48-year-old teacher said to the teen after Wednesday's altercation. “You know where I work.”
However, the threats didn't stop there. After Pope punched the 16-year-old in the face knocking him into a glass window of a local business, while on the ground, Pope then threatened the boy's mother.
“Do you want to die?” Pope allegedly shouted at the teen. “You want to steal from me? I should break your arm ... I should get someone to rape your mom every day after work.”
Assistant District Attorney Gerard Donahue said the whole ordeal was captured on surveillance video. Pope was released without bail Saturday (Sept. 24) after his lawyer claimed the student stole his briefcase containing $5,000 in cash.
Since Pope didn't receive his money back, the irate educator allegedly made off with the teen's wallet, gold chains and iPhone during the brawl, police sources say. Bronx Judge Harold Adler issued an order of protection and ordered Pope to stay clear of the 16-year-old and his mom.
Adler was also skeptical Pope randomly had $5,000 cash in a suitcase with while riding public transportation. When the judge asked what Pope planned to do with the money, Pope's defense attorney Japel Filiaci’s claimed to never have inquired.
“He took the money out, maybe to transfer it,” Filiaci replied.
Pope has been charged with assault, grand larceny, criminal possession of stolen property and robbery,