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Former Albany LaSalle teacher accused of having sexual relationship with a student

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A former teacher at LaSalle School in Albany is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student.

Police said 30-year-old Marina Viviani is accused of having sex with a student inside a classroom between November and December 2014. The arrest came after a family member reported the alleged relationship to police.

Viviani was charged with Rape in the Third Degree, Criminal Sexual Act in the Third Degree, and four misdemeanor Sex Crimes charges.

Brandon Schlosser is a former LaSalle School student. He remembered seeing Viviani as a bubbly person, but as time went on, her mood dramatically went down.

"It is an all-boys school, so as you can imagine, there is a lot of testosterone going around, and a lot of youth do pressure the staffed adults sexually," he said.

During the time of the alleged relationship, Viviani was 28-years old, and the student was 17.

"The age of consent in New York is 17," her attorney Michael Pollok said. "If you have sexual contact with someone who's over 17, and you're above 21, that's legal contact."

The school provided the following statement:

Upon learning this information, administrators responded immediately leading to the termination of the individual faculty member, notification of, and consultation with law enforcement.

The allegations were brought by the Justice Center Special Prosecutors. But Pollok said she denies the allegations. He said she was framed in an extortion scheme, and he emphasized that LaSalle School is a school for juvenile delinquents. 

"My client totally denied that," he said. "She would never risk her reputation and her career and have sex in a classroom where there's no lock on the door."

Pollok shared multiple text messages exchanged between Viviani and the student with NEWS10 ABC. He said the student made death threats, hacked into Viviani's computer, and wanted Viviani to buy him things because of her wealthy husband.

"If the Justice Center bothered investigating the case, they would've found out that this individual had serious problems," Pollok said. "This is why he's in this school or was in this school."

Pollock confirmed Viviani did work at Cohoes High School, but he said she is currently on administrative leave.

Pollok said the case will be taken to trial where he's confident the text messages and voicemails will prove she's innocent.


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