By Sarina Trangle
MASPETH — A PS 9 paraprofessional was arrested at 1 a.m. Thursday and charged with raping a 14-year-old boy, the NYPD said.
The Police Department said Clara Somodi, 39, of Woodside, was charged with rape, a criminal sexual act and acting in a manner injurious to a child.
Somodi could not be reached for comment.
The Department of Education said Somodi, who has worked at PS 9 in Maspeth for a decade and earns $35,040 annually, has been suspended.
The student is being provided with counseling, according to the DOE.
“We immediately suspended her when we found out about the arrest. If the allegation is true, it would be extremely disturbing. We have zero tolerance for any kind of sexual behavior among our educators and students,” the DOE said in a statement.
Robert Wojnarowski, principal of PS 9, could not immediately be reached for comment.