A Queens assistant principal created a sexual assembly line of teachers at his Queens high school – and rewarded conquests with professional perks, according to a shocking new $10 million lawsuit.
John Binet bedded at least four staffers at Hillcrest HS since being appointed to lead the Jamaica school’s English department in 2014, according to a Manhattan court case filed Monday.
Binet belittled female teachers who questioned his behavior as “resistant” and once counseled a male colleague that the best time to pursue colleagues was around graduation, according to the suit.
Teachers lacking membership in Binet’s harem saw their careers stall while participants were treated to professional benefits, according to the suit filed by one current and one former teacher at the school.
“There are at least four female faculty members, whose names are known to the plaintiffs, who have all received benefits from their sexual exchanges with Binet,” according to court papers.
The case also asserts that principal David Morrison – who was investigated for improperly passing students in 2016 – knew about Binet’s behavior but did nothing to stop it because they were friends.
Both men are named as defendants.
“These individuals have been caught with their pants down,” attorney Gloria Keum told The Post Monday. “Time’s up for them.”
Filed by current teacher Caroline Shin and former staffer Eleni Giannousis, the suit asserts that there have been at least five formal complaints lodged against the two men with the teachers union and DOE – but that there’s been no tangible sign of action.
The atmosphere at the school became so poisonous for female teachers that at least six traumatized instructors have left entirely over the past several years, according to the suit.
“Defendants behavior created an inappropriate and sexually charged atmosphere at the school, and their behavior was witnessed by and did affect the students at the school as well,” the case states.
Binet targeted Shin for retaliation because she knew of his past conduct and posed a potential threat to his reign, the case states.
“Ms. Shin is one of the few female teachers who has remained at the school for several years and she has personal knowledge of Binet’s abuses and misconduct, which has not gone unnoticed by Mr. Binet,” according to the suit.
A teacher since 2004, Shin claims Binet immediately began to torment her after he became assistant principal in 2014 with constant classroom visits and baseless criticisms.
But Shin said Binet’s campaign hit a low after she suffered a miscarriage and required time off to recuperate in September of 2014.
Despite her ordeal, Binet immediately demanded lesson plans from Shin and later told her that he “wasn’t going to walk on eggshells for her,” according to the suit.
Both Binet and Morrison repeatedly trumped up complaints against Shin that impeded her professional advancement, papers state.
During a subsequent pregnancy, Morrison declined any accommodations for Shin at the school – and even refused to provide a room with air conditioning during a hot day, the case states.
Binet also ratcheted up verbal abuse, telling her “nobody likes you” and “you’re a terrible teacher,” according to the suit.
“Everyone deserves to work in an environment where they are treated fairly, despite their race and gender,” Shin told The Post. “Educators and administrators need to practice the kindness and respect we try to instill in our students. I cannot be silent about this anymore.”
Giannousis was also targeted for her familiarity with the skeletons in Binet’s closet and for letting him know she wasn’t interested in him sexually, papers state.
After a campaign of harassment, she eventually left the school in 2015 to avoid Binet’s wrath.
“I left the school because of abuse of power, harassment, and gender discrimination,” she told The Post. “I thought after I reached out things would change. They haven’t. It’s been three years. It’s time they do.”
Both women assert that they’ve suffered professionally, physically and emotionally.
In April, it was revealed that the DOE substantiated just seven of the 471 sexual harassment cases brought since 2013.
A DOE spokesman said the department is reviewing the suit.
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