jailed for sex with teen male students
faced as much as 18 years, must serve 4-2/3 years before being eligible
NEW YORK, April 20, 2007
On Thursday, NRI Lina Sinha, 40, Manhattan Montessori
school former principal was sentenced to a maximum of 14 years in
prison. She remain free on $3,5-million bond until Monday while
her lawyers appeal the conviction. Sinha did not show any reaction
as the judge pronounced the sentence.
Sinha was accused of seducing two of her students
- the first in June 1996 when he was 13 and the second in January
2001 when he was 12 and a seventh grader. The former is now a 24-year-old
The prosecution said the two had sexual intercourse
for the first time when the boy was 15. They met at a number of
places including a school van. Sinha was convicted on several misdemeanour
counts of criminal impersonation and falsely reporting an incident.
Berkman sentenced her to a year on each of the misdemeanour counts
but said they were to be served concurrently with the felony sentences
Defence lawyer Gerald Shargel said as he left court
that he would file a notice of appeal and an application for continued
bail pending a decision on the appeal "within minutes"
at the Appellate Division.
Supreme Court Justice Carol Berkman said:
- "She's intelligent, educated, well-raised, hardworking
and beautiful, and she's a predator who lived a lie," Berkman
said. "She abused the position of trust she had with (the
victim). She took a great deal, I think, from (the victim)."
- The fact that Sinha came from an advantaged background "makes
her offences all the more culpable" than the poorer, less
educated defendants that the judge usually sees. "She can't
claim she knew no better."
The judge had earlier turned down her lawyer's plea for special
consideration by quoting from Shakespeare. "Lilies that fester
smell far worse than weeds," she told the convict.
The jury deadlocked on six rape counts, including those relating
to the second teen, allegedly seduced by her when he was a 12-year-old
seventh grader, prosecutors say.Assistant District Attorney Florence
Chapin cited the crimes for which Sinha was convicted and asked
Berkman to sentence her to the maximum possible.
Female Teacher Lina Sinha convicted for rape and sodomisation teen
NEW YORK, March 30, 2007
NRI Lina Sinha, 40, School teacher has been convicted by a jury
of five men and seven women on felony counts of sodomy and witness
bribery. In October 2005, she was charged with 80 total counts of
rape, sodomy and tampering with witnesses and evidence in a teacher-student
In 2006, she rejected a plea bargain which would have sent her
to prison for six years. In Feb, 2007, the trial got underway in
State Supreme Court in Manhattan. On Thursday, she was accused of
sex liaisons with two barely pubescent students and convicted for
sodomizing one of them when he was 13 years old. The police officer
testified that Sinha treated him to sexual intercourse as a 15th
birthday present, according to the New York Times.
- During investigation, she was arrested when she tried to bribe
a second boy by buying him sneakers, a prepaid telephone and USD
400 cash to lie about their sexual relationship.
- For sodomizing the student when he was older, a crime with a
lesser penalty than the same act with a 13 years old.
April 19 was scheduled for sentencing her and Judge Berkman raised
Sinha's bail to $3.5 million from $50,000. Lina Sinha was handcuffed
in front of her large family including her father, mother, sister
and an aunt.
She might get 15-20 years in jail from these convictions- seven
years each for sodomy and witness bribery, four years for a lesser
sodomy charge and few years for each of several misdemeanor counts
of criminal impersonation and false reporting.
Gerald L. Shargel, her attorney said, he would appeal.
- New York, May 31, 2006: An
Indian-origin female teacher and director at a private school
in Manhattan, who is already charged with the statutory rape and
sodomy of a male pupil, has been indicted on similar charges involving
a second boy, a prosecutor has said.
- New York, Nov. 01, 2005: NRI,
(non-resident Indian) female teacher was charged yesterday with
sodomizing and raping a former male student who is now a New York