Police are asking for the public’s help in locating a former Manhattan gym teacher wanted for allegedly forcing two young girls to grope him and later shared inappropriate photos with the teens.
Brett Bernstein, 32, is being sought for allegedly kissing the two 14-year-old victims along with placing their hands on his “midsection” during three separate incidents in May, according to the NYPD.
During a different incident, Bernstein also sent images of his midsection and upper body to each of the victims through text messages.
According to the New York Daily News, Bernstein was fired earlier this week from the Harlem Prep Middle School where he was working as a gym teacher for the past year.
The encounters with the teens allegedly took place in stairwell at the school and one of the young girls went to the charter school’s social workers to let them know what had occurred, the Daily News reported. The schools officials then alerted the police.
Bernstein is described as about 5 feet 11 inches tall, 220 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.