NEW YORK (WPIX)—A Manhattan high school teacher was arrested Tuesday on charges that he inappropriately touched a 14-year-old female student.
According to police, 55-year-old Darryl Lynch, an ROTC teacher at the High School of Graphic Communication Arts in Hell's Kitchen since 1997, sexually assaulted the student earlier this month.
Lynch has been charged with sexual abuse, forcible touching and acting in a manner to injure a child.
A Department of Education spokesperson said Lynch has been reassigned out of the school.
In the wake of these recent arrests, Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott has ordered a review of all past investigations dating back to 2000.
In a statement released Tuesday, Walcott said, "I am outraged by these charges, and have no tolerance for adults who betray the trust of their students and school communities. With the changes we have announced, any individual who has an inappropriate relationship with a student will be removed from the classroom as soon as allegations surface -- and moving forward, be barred from teaching in our schools if those charges have merit."
Lynch is the sixth Department of Education employee arrested for sex crimes involving students so far this year.
Manhattan teacher's aide Gregory Atkins, Queens teacher Wilbert Cortez and Queens teacher's aide Brett Picou were all accused of molesting children in their schools; Bronx substitute teacher Chukwuma Duru was accused of forcibly touching a student; and Brooklyn teacher's aide Taleek Brooks was accused of possessing child pornography and producing child pornography in a classroom.