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Teacher sexually abused 15-year-old student: DA

KEW GARDENS — A teacher at an upstate school for special needs children was charged with sexually abusing and raping one of her 15-year-old students in Queens, District Attorney Richard Brown said.

Mandi Weeks, 27, of Hannacroix, N.Y., is accused of raping and sexually abusing the teen inside his home in Queens June 25 and in a car parked in the borough July 6, DA Richard Brown said. If convicted, she faces up to four years in prison.

Weeks teaches at the Devereux New York, in Red Hook, N.Y. The victim attends a year-round residential school for children with special needs, but was home on break when the abuse allegedly occurred, DA Brown said.

The investigation began July 7 when the teen set out to find Weeks and got lost, authorities said. His mother reported him missing and police alledgedly discovered explicit e-mails between the teen and his teacher, according to the district attorney.

Police from the 102nd Precinct's Detective Squad investigated the case.

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