Courtesy of New York Post: [https://nypost.com/2019/08/20/city-school-sex-crimes-increased-for-the-third-straight-year/]
August 20 / 2019
The number of city students busted for sex crimes has increased each of the past three years — with rape arrests tripling over that span, according to new NYPD records.
During the 2016-2017 academic year — when the department began compiling quarterly school crime data — five city students were arrested for rape.
That number shot up to 12 for the 2017-2018 school year and hit a three-year high of 15 this past school year, according to a Post analysis of NYPD numbers.
While those crimes involved students, they did not necessarily take place on school grounds, the Department of Education noted.
The rise in sex crimes mirrors an annual increase in felony student arrests over the past three years.
There were 34 felony sex crime busts during the last academic year — up 161% from two years ago when there were only 13.
The 2017-2018 school year saw a total of 31 felony sex crime collars in city schools, the figures show.
That offense category includes rape, promotion of sex by a child, and aggravated sexual abuse.
Overall, there were a total of 72 student sex crime busts involving the NYPD this past school year — up 76% from two years ago when there were 42.
There were 68 instances last year.
Those figures include misdemeanor sex-related incidents including forcible touching.
The DOE asserted Tuesday that while the number of students busted for sex-related crimes rose last year, the number of overall incidents dropped. A single case, they said, could involve multiple kids. They were unable to specify or document that claim.
Of the 32 city students arrested for rape over the past three years, 18 were in high school at the time, according to the NYPD.
A total of 14 of students busted for the crime were collared in middle and junior high school — and two arrests occurred in elementary schools, the reports show.