The Queens County District Attorney says Picou groped 6 different young girls’ buttocks, sometimes hugging them, then trailing his hands towards their rear, another time squeezing a young girl’s buttocks while she bent over to tie her shoe. The DA says it all happened between last November and this month at PS 52 in Springfield Gardens.
If this sounds familiar, it is; 4 teachers have been charged with sex abuse and/or child endangerment just this month alone, some with histories of sex abuse buried in their past. This prompted Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott to order a review of all cases of misconduct going back more than a decade. The Department of Education says Picou has been working in the schools, first as a substitute aide, since 2006, with a clear record all that time. They say they performed the proper criminal background check.
Hairston says his mother is distraught and she’ll be calling police. Picou faces 7 counts of forcible touching, and 7 counts of 1st-degree sex abuse, among other charges.
Here’s my report from Friday morning: