NEW YORK – A New York City high school teacher had illicit sex with a 17-year-old student after becoming her sugar daddy and showering her with gifts, cash and a taxpayer-funded no-show job, the New York Post reports.
Spanish teacher Martin Howfield, 56, who is also a lawyer, was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with the student last year at North Queens Community High School, the paper reported Saturday. The continuation school offers students in danger of flunking out a last chance to graduate.
As part of the unethical scheme, Howfield was accused of arranging a $2,000 paid internship for the girl in his law office through a NYC Department of Education work-study program. Yet her only duties consisted of performing sexual favors, according to the New York Post report.
The Office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation looks into allegations of this nature in New York City public schools. As a result, they conducted the investigation. Consequently, they found that Howfield approached the student at the school and “asked whether he could be her sugar daddy,” the paper reported.
Moreover, he agreed to pay her $300 a month and “asked what she would do for the money,” according to the paper.
She offered to have sex with him, the student told investigators, according to the paper.
The Post reported the investigation found that Howfield asked the girl to send nude photos of herself, which she did.
Furthermore, she told investigators that Howfield took her shopping at a mall, the paper reported. He was accused of buying her two pairs of expensive sneakers and under garments from Victoria’s Secret.
Initially, the student told police and school investigators that Howfield only fondled her beneath her clothing. However, she later admitted to investigators that she had intercourse and oral sex with the teacher in his car after the shopping trips, reported the Post.
The student’s mother told a detective that her daughter texted her she went to the mall with her “sugar daddy, Marty,” who gave her money, according to the paper.
Beyond the individual student in question, the Post reported the investigation also revealed that Howfield asked the student to set him up with another girl.
That girl, a 17-year-old former student, said Howfield had her engage in phone sex with him and sent her a naked photo of himself, according to the paper.
The second girl claimed Howfield was supposed to give her money for the phone sex but never did. These were details she disclosed to investigators and included in the Post report.
Finally, Howfield declined to speak to investigators, nor did he return messages from the New York Post soliciting comment.
The paper reported that Howfield quit his $85,000 job in November 2016 shortly after the investigation was completed.