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Cops hunt for Harlem charter school teacher accused of forcing teens to grope him

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HARLEM, Manhattan — Police are searching for a teacher who allegedly forced himself on two 14-year-olds and sent pictures of himself to them in May.

Brett Bernstein, 32, allegedly forced himself on two teens on three separate occasions. Bernstein, who was a teacher at Harlem Prep Middle School, kissed two 14-year-old girls, grabbed their hands and placed it on his groin area, according to police. He later sent pictures of his upper body and groin area through text messages.

Brett Bernstein is wanted for forcing two teens to touch him sexually and sending them photos of himself. (DCPI)

Brett Bernstein is wanted for forcing two teens to touch him sexually and sending them photos of himself. (DCPI)

Bernstein is described as being 5-feet 11-inches, 220 pounds with brown eyes and hair, police said. He was fired from his position at the charter school on Wednesday.

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