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Brooklyn Teacher Faces Kidnapping, Sex Act Charges Involving Six Students 

(NEW YORK)  -- A Brooklyn high school teacher indicted last month for allegedly sending an explicit photo to a student faces new charges of kidnapping and criminal sexual act after investigators discovered new evidence on his computer linking him to six other teenage girls.

Officials found that Sean Shaynak, a math and science teacher at Brooklyn Technical High School, allegedly took a 15-year-old student to a nude beach in New Jersey without her parents' consent. In addition, he allegedly performed a sex act on an 18-year-old student without her consent and sent photos of his genitalia to four students, including two minors.

Shaynak also is accused of engaging in consensual sex acts with two students, ages 18 and 19, inappropriately touching and kissing students, and giving alcohol and cigarettes to minors. Officials also allege Shaynak, 44, requested for two minor girls to have sex with each other.

Law enforcement seized three computers and two phones from the defendant and found thousands of text messages, along with hundreds of photographs and videos. The incidents allegedly occurred between 2011 and 2014, the Kings County District Attorney's Office announced Tuesday.

“It is shocking that a public high school teacher allegedly sexually preyed on vulnerable students," said District Attorney Kenneth Thompson. "We will now seek to vindicate the rights of those students.”

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Gov. Cuomo Launches 'I LOVE NEW YORK' Bus Service

(NEW YORK) -- A new bus service from New York City will allow travelers to reach destinations across the state, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday.

"I LOVE NEW YORK," a new year-round tourism initiative, will offer transportation from the city to Upstate getaways, including wine, beer, and cider trails, along with seasonal festivals and skiing.

“Tourism is thriving in New York and increasing access to some of this state’s most scenic landscapes and recreational areas is the next step,” Cuomo said in a statement.

In the fall, travelers can experience a series of weekend plans with the North Fork Wine Trail and Taste North Fork. Day and overnight trips are also available into the Hudson River Valley.

The bus service will also offer transportation to ski resorts, including Hunter Mountain and Windham Mountain for winter activities.

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Sister of Boston Marathon Suspects Appears in Court on Bomb Threat Charge

(NEW YORK) -- The sister of the Boston Marathon bomb suspects is free on bail after a brief court appearance Tuesday in New York, where she's charged with making a bomb threat.

Ailina Tsarnaeva, the sister of Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, was charged with aggravated harassment after prosecutors said she called a woman who used to be involved with her boyfriend and said: "Leave my man alone...I know people that can put a bomb where you live."

A defense attorney called it an uncorroborated claim and said her client is an easy target for the authorities.

Bail was set at $5,000.

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AG Schneiderman: Scam Targets New York Schools with Fake Invoices 

(NEW YORK) -- Attorney General Eric Schneiderman issued a consumer alert Monday for a scam targeting school districts across New York and at least 21 other states.

A fake company called Scholastic School Supply is mailing phony invoices to districts in an attempt to receive payment without providing goods or services, officials said.

One Rochester-area school received an invoice for $657.50 for an English Language Arts Practice book that was never supplied, according to the Attorney General's Office. At least four other school districts in New York have reported similar letters.

The invoices provide an return address at 1350 E. Flamingo Rd. Suite 820, Las Vegas, NV 89110.

Targeted schools are asked to file a complaint by calling the Attorney General's Consumer Hotline at 800-771-7755 or visiting the AG website.

“Schools across New York State should be on the lookout for fraudulent invoices from scammers seeking to rip off our children to make a buck,” Schneiderman said. “From the big banks that precipitated the housing crisis to the scam artists who defraud consumers, the law applies to everyone equally, and it is our mission to hold fraudsters accountable.”

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FDNY Captain Charged with Molesting Two Children

(NEW YORK) -- A New York City Fire Department captain has been charged with sexually molesting two young boys while he was in Los Angeles, officials announced Monday.

Wilbert Riera, who worked with emergency medical services, allegedly performed the lewd acts between Sept. 12 and Sept. 14.

The 51-year-old was arrested in New York and is set to be extradited to Los Angeles, where his bail is expected to be at $2.6 million, according to the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office.

If convicted, Riera faces up to life in state prison.

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