QUEENS — Prosecutors charged a Queens substitute special education teacher with attempted criminal sexual assault Monday.
Christopher Tselios, 28, agreed to pay an undercover agent posing as a 14-year-old girl $500 so he could engage in oral sex with her, prosecutors said.
“This case underscores the crucial importance of internet surveillance initiative by law enforcement to protect children from sexual predators,” said District Attorney Richard Brown. “This case, and the many others my office has prosecuted, should serve as a warning to parents that they must closely monitor their children’s internet activities.”
Tselios, who taught at a Bayside school until 2015, responded to a Craigslist ad posted by an undercover detective, prosecutors said. The detective sent Tselios photos and told him she was 14.
The former substitute teacher suggested they meet to “fool around,” prosecutors said. He allegedly offered the girl $500. Tselios arranged to meet her at 11 p.m. on July 29 at a Forest Hills restaurant.
Tselios showed up just before midnight and told the undercover detective “let’s go,” prosecutors said. Police arrested him after he and the detective got to his car.
He was arraigned July 30 and charged with second-degree attempted criminal sexual assault, first-degree attempted dissemination indecent material to minors, third-degree patronizing a prostitute and attempted endangering the welfare of a child. Tselios’ bail was set at $50,000. He had to turn in his passport.
Tselios had been planning to permanently leave the U.S. this week to teach kindergarten in South Korea, prosecutors said. The South Korean Consulate was notified of his arrest.
Tselios is next scheduled to appear in court Aug. 12. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.