By Mary Frost
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
A 36-year-old English teacher at James Madison High School in Marine Park turned herself in to Brooklyn’s Special Victims Unit on Thursday afternoon for allegedly having sex “numerous times” with a 16-year-old student she was supposed to be tutoring.
Erin Sayar, a married mom, also allegedly plied student Kevin Eng with pot during their trysts, according to a $10 million notice of claim filed by Brooklyn lawyer Bruce Baron on behalf of the boy’s mother Maureen Eng.
The pair had sex in Sayar’s office and in her SUV during an affair last December and January, the notice of claim alleges.
The notice states that Eng’s girlfriend became suspicious and broke into his Facebook account, where she discovered intimate conversations between the pair. Baron said she printed the conversations and turned them over to school officials, who eventually removed Sayar from the classroom and initiated an investigation.
After initially denying the affair, Eng stated in March that the pair had engaged in sex on “approximately eight occasions, and that two of these occasions were during school hours and on school grounds.” The claim says that the two had engaged in other sex acts as well.
The notice also charges that Sayar had supplied Eng with pot three times — two of them in her office at Madison. She allegedly kept a drug stash in her office filing cabinet.
Eng’s mom blames the city’s Department of Education for the mess, saying in the notice that the department has the duty to supervise its teachers; she also alleges that the city dragged its feet in the investigation.
Specific charges had not been set by press time.
On the Rate My Teachers website, Sayar’s reviews from her students are overwhelmingly positive.
“Best teacher ever!! I wish she was teaching senior classes. she's so sweet … I wish more teachers in school were like her,” wrote one student. “Mrs Sayar is so awesome, she is an affable person, she teaches us so many things, and she helps us understand what we are reading, she is the best English teacher I've ever had in high school,” said another.
This isn’t the first time teachers at Madison have been charged with sexual offenses. Teachers Cindy Mauro and Alini Brito were fired for allegedly having sex in a classroom. According to published sources, English teacher Craig Roffman was arrested after investigators found child-porn images on his home computer.