Suffolk County, Long Island (WABC) – A teacher from Long Island accused of raping a 15-year-old student nearly a decade ago first appeared in court on Friday.

Timothy Harrison was a special education teacher at Babylon High School and a coach of women’s lacrosse and basketball teams.

Suffolk County Police said they were contacted in October 2021 by administrators of the Free School District of the Babylonian Union, who reported allegations of misconduct involving district officials.

The victim came forward after hearing former students talk about the abuse they suffered at school Babylon School Board Meeting back in November.

Harrison was arrested Thursday during a traffic stop in West Islip.

“I would like to thank the victim in this case, who showed so much courage years after she became a victim,” said Suffolk County Police Commissioner Rodney Harrison.

Prosecutors say he brought the girl home, gave her alcohol and had sex with her more than once in 2013.

“The rape took place outside the school grounds, but the victim testified that there was improper physical contact at the school,” said Rodney Harrison.

The Attorney General is investigating the school district and says there may be other teachers who have violated their students.

The Babylonian school district said it removed him from class in November.

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