NRI teacher charged with rape in US
Lina Sinha, already facing rape and sodomy charges, has been indicted on similar charges involving a boy.india Updated: Jun 01, 2006 11:12 IST
An Indian-origin female teacher and director at a private school in Manhattan, who is already charged with the statutory rape and sodomy of a male pupil, has been indicted on similar charges involving a second boy, a prosecutor has said.
Lina Sinha, 40, started having sexual relations with the second pupil when he was 12, Assistant District Attorney Florence Chapin said.
Sinha began sexual liaisons with the first boy, now a New York police officer, when he was 13 and she was 29, the prosecutor said, adding that the liaisons lasted for years.
Chapin disclosed the case of the second boy during a hearing in Manhattan's state Supreme Court in which she told Justice Carol Berkman that Sinha was now charged with 81 crimes. Chapin asked the judge to set the teacher's bail at US$ 100,000.
Prosecutors have said that Sinha had family ties in India and could possibly flee.
Chapin said Sinha, on administrative leave from the school, began a sexual relationship with the first pupil in June 1996, when he was a 13-year-old eighth-grader. She was charged in October 2005 with raping him.
When he tried to end the affair in 2004, Chapin said, Sinha tried to ruin his life "by making up heinous allegations that he raped a young girl and then made separate allegations that he also brutally assaulted the defendant (Sinha)."
Sinha assumed another person's identity on at least 10 occasions in 2004-05 to file rape charges in person, by telephone and by e-mail claiming the policeman had raped her niece, the prosecutor said on Tuesday.
Investigators revealed that the person whose identity Sinha had assumed did not have a niece, had never reported any rape and did not know the victim or the defendant, the prosecutor said.
Prosecutors said that Sinha could not be charged with improper sexual contact with her former pupil after he turned 17 as that was the age of consent in New York.
Meanwhile, in January 2001, Sinha began a sexual liaison with the second pupil, who was 12 and in the seventh grade, Chapin said.
Besides rape and sodomy, Sinha is charged with criminal impersonation, bribing a witness, tampering with physical evidence, endangering the welfare of a child and falsely reporting an incident. If convicted on the rape or sodomy charges, she would face up to 25 years in prison.