NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- A substitute teacher at a Westchester high school was arrested and charged with stalking after he started sending non-school-related messages to a student — and kept trying to get in contact after the student blocked him, prosecutors say.
Craig Rosenberg, a per diem substitute teacher at White Plains High School, started sending text and Instagram messages to students after the school shifted to remote learning during the pandemic, the Westchester County District Attorney’s office said Thursday.
The 56-year-old teacher also started sending messages to a 17-year-old student that didn’t relate to school and “made the student uncomfortable,” the DA’s office said.
When the student’s parents learned what was happening, they told their child to block Rosenberg’s messages, and reported the teacher to White Plains police, as well as the White Plains school district, according to the DA’s office.
The school district also contacted police, the DA’s office noted.
Police told Rosenberg to stop communicating with the student, at which point he started reaching out to the student’s friends, asking them to relay messages to the student, the DA’s office said.
Rosenberg was arrested on Wednesday and charged with fourth-degree stalking, a misdemeanor, according to the DA's office.
He was released on his own recognizance and is expected to appear in court on June 16. His attorney information wasn’t immediately available Friday.
The DA’s office said Rosenberg resigned from his job as a substitute teacher, without providing a date of resignation.
In a statement notifying community members about Rosenberg’s arrest, White Plains Public Schools said it would “continue to cooperate with the White Plains Police Department and the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office related to this matter.”
“As you know, the safety, security and well-being of our children are our highest priorities and our entire community remains committed to protecting our children at all times,” the school district added.