BROOKLYN — A school employee was arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a 5-year-old student in Brooklyn, police said Friday.
Alameldin Abdelrahim, 62, was arrested Thursday evening. He faces three counts of sex abuse and one count of endangering the welfare of a child, police said.
The city's department of education said the suspect, who was a substitute paraprofessional, has been fired and called the allegations "deeply disturbing."
"This individual was immediately terminated and is no longer eligible to work in our schools. Safety always comes first, and we are providing the school community with additional support," a department spokesperson said in a statement.
A source told PIX11 News the alleged abuse happened at P.S. 200, The Benson Elementary School, in Brooklyn. Police said it happened at the school.
Abdelrahim was arrested after a witness saw a boy’s head in the suspect's lap in an inappropriate manner, the Daily News reports.
A letter was sent to parents confirming the paraprofessional's arrest and saying guidance counselors and support staff are available to help students "as needed."