2012-03-02 / Top Stories

Local Busted For Molesting 6 Young Girls

By Howard Schwach

Brett Picou Brett Picou A Far Rockaway man has been arrested and charged with molesting six young girls at a Springfield Gardens elementary school, court records show.

Charged in the case is Brett Picou, 30, of 120 Beach 26 Street. Court papers allege that, between November 1, 2011 and February 15, 2012, Picou sexually assaulted the students by touching their bodies over their clothing on several occasions inside of PS 52, located at 178- 37 146 Terrace in Jamaica.

According to the criminal charges, Picou, an art teacher at the school, hugged nine- and ten-year-old female students and moved his hands down their backs and onto their buttocks on multiple occasions. In addition, it is alleged that he also slapped the buttocks of one student and held the buttocks of other female students as they walked up the school’s staircase.

According to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, the case came to light when school personnel overheard the students talking about the touching and notified police.

The names of the girls are being withheld by The Wave because of their age and the nature of the crime against them.

Brown said, “I am sad to report, once again, that a professional employed in our public schools has been accused of inappropriately touching his students. The charges in cases of this nature are disturbing on a number of different levels. When parents deliver kids into the custody of teaching professionals they have the right to assume that they will not be abused. The alleged actions of this defendant will never be tolerated.”

Picou was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on February 23, charged with seven counts of sexual abuse in the first degree; course of sexual conduct against a child in the second degree; seven counts of forcible touching and six counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

He is free on $25,000 bail and $12,500 cash for his next hearing, which is set for April 23.

Picou faces up to seven years in prison for each of the top charges if he is convicted – up to 49 years.

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