In a story posted by the NYTimes, Gregory Atkins, 56, was arraigned in Manhattan Criminal Court on charges of sexual abuse, attempted criminal sex act and endangering the welfare of a child.
On Monday, the schools chancellor, Dennis M. Walcott, along with P.S. 87’s principal, Monica Berry, and the head of the child abuse unit of the Manhattan district attorney’s office, are to meet with parents to answer questions and explain what steps to take if they suspect Mr. Atkins had inappropriate contact with their children, officials said.
The Office of the Special Commissioner of Investigation for schools recommended Mr. Atkins be disciplined after the student’s mother came forward to say that her son was given gifts, including a jockstrap, by Mr. Atkins.
At Mr. Atkins’s apartment building on West 148th Street in Harlem, a police detective was seen removing a computer. Neighbors said Mr. Atkins had lived there since he was a child. Some said he struck them as cordial, but remote. A few neighbors said different young men had stayed with him over the years.