Friday, December 29, 2017

Wrestling Coach Accused of Rape Appears in Court

Via USA Today: 

Tyler Sick, an Edgemont High School assistant wrestling coach accused of statutory rape, walked past reporters without commenting on the allegation that brought him to Greenburgh Town Court today.

An unidentified woman who accompanied Sick said he would have no comment and told reporters to get away as the pair left after his brief appearance.

Sick, a 29-year-old Tarrytown resident who's also a New York City school teacher, appeared before interim Town Justice Bonnie Orden, who adjourned his case until Jan. 16 so lawyers can review evidence.

Sick's lawyer, Jessica Hugel from the Legal Aid Society, declined to comment afterward.

Sick is accused of having illegal sexual contact with a minor between Dec. 1, 2016, and Jan. 31, 2017, according to the complaint filed in Town Court. He was arrested on Wednesday and charged with third-degree rape, a felony.

Sick also faces a third-degree rape charge in Tarrytown and is scheduled to appear in court there on Wednesday. Greenburgh and Tarrytown police have not commented further on the accusations.

Sick is listed as a physical education teacher at the East Bronx Academy for the Future, which includes grades 6-12, according to that school's website. He started teaching in the city last year, said Douglas Cohen, a spokesman for the New York City Department of Education.

He has been reassigned out of the classroom without pay.

Sick had been listed as an assistant varsity wrestling coach at Edgemont High School on the school's website until last week. Edgemont schools Superintendent Victoria Kniewel said the district was cooperating with authorities, but has not commented on whether the accusations involve a district student.