New York - Brooklyn Man Arrested for Lewdness While Following Flatbush Bais Yaakov Bus
Brooklyn, NY - A 57 year old former Brooklyn high school woodshop teacher was arrested last week for engaging in lewd behavior while following a bus of schoolgirls on their way home from a Brooklyn Bais Yaakov, VIN News has learned.
Edward Falcone was arrested by police on October 16th as he drove behind the busload of girls from Lev Bais Yaakov, just blocks away from the school. According to Rabbi Shmiel Deutsch, executive director of Lev Bais Yaakov located on Nostrand Avenue between Avenues V and W, Falcone had been following the bus, which transports girls from first through seventh grade, for several days.
“The first incident happened about three weeks ago,” Rabbi Deutsch told VIN News. “The girls alerted us to the problem and we told them to keep their eyes open and to let us know if it happened again.”
The girls contacted school administration when Falcone appeared two days later and Lev Bais Yaakov filed a police report, alerted the long time driver of the school bus and contacted Shomrim.
The bus driver contacted the school several days later when a group of girls informed him that Falcone was once again following the bus and exhibiting indecent behavior. According to Rabbi Deutsch, he instructed the driver to proceed to the nearest corner and to stop there.
“I told him not to move for anything and then I called another driver who has been with me for a long time and asked him to box in the car that was behind our bus,” said Rabbi Deutsch. “Meanwhile, our secretary called 911 and Shomrim and within minutes there was a tremendous showing of police officers.”
Sergeant Jones of the NYPD’s Office of the Deputy Commissioner, Public Information told VIN News that Falcone, who had no previous record, was arrested on four counts and charged with acting in a manner injurious to a child less than age 17, public lewdness, lewdness, exposed body in public and exposure of a person.
According to the NY Daily News who was first to report this story, Falcone, told police he had taught at Brooklyn High School of the Arts.
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Following Falcone’s arrest, the administration at Lev Bais Yaakov has advised all parents to be vigilant both when their children go to school in the morning and when they come home in the afternoon.
“Many times parents assume that their kids can just walk home but that isn’t a good idea,” explained Rabbi Deutsch. “There should be an adult waiting at the bus stop or an open door through which parents can see their children getting off the bus. There should never be a gap in supervision and parents have to make sure that someone is always in charge.”
Lev Bais Yaakov also sent a letter out to parents advising them of the incident and informing them that representatives of the child safety group Magenu had been in the school to address the student body.
“We put a team together and spoke to the girls about bus safety,” said Eli Verschleiser of Magenu. “Thankfully we had done a program at Lev Bais Yaakov last year so the kids already knew how important it is to be on the alert.”
The Magenu team, headed by program director Shani Verschleiser, gave the girls an opportunity to discuss the incident and allay their fears, addressing the younger and older grades separately in order to provide age appropriate information.
“Both kids and parents have to be on the alert,” said Rabbi Deutsch. “We had Magenu come in last year because we needed our students to know just how vital it is that if you see something, you must tell someone about it.”
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