HS Guidance Counselor Ordered Up Prostitutes, Crack and Viagra: ‘He was great with the kids. What a shame’

Posted by on Nov 21, 2012 at 8:48 am
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He recently “retired” after raking in over $157,000 a year, so I’m sure he had a comfortable landing. Besides, the kids loved him, so what’s a little dabbling in hookers and crack going to do to hurt anyone?

A former guidance counselor and dean at Scarsdale High School has been arrested in connection with what authorities said was a vast prostitution empire that included human trafficking, money laundering and drug sales.

Federal, state and local authorities announced a 180-count indictment today charging 19 people and one corporation in the case. In addition, authorities identified one of the “johns,” or customers, as David Mendelowitz, who allegedly ordered up prostitutes, crack cocaine and Viagra.

Mendelowitz, 58, of 300 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, faces numerous counts of patronizing a prostitute, criminal possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanors, and hindering prosecution, a felony. The latter charge accuses him of tipping off his contact to the ongoing investigation.

Good thing he has such a fat salary since a lot of it was going toward his dirty deeds.

Mendelowitz, who had been at Scarsdale High School since 1997, was involved in many student programs, including Scarsdale High School’s Drug and Alcohol Task Force, authorities said. He retired suddenly in June, supposedly for health reasons. A representative from the attorney general’s office said today that office had notified Scarsdale school officials of their investigation into Mendelowitz in the spring, a day before he left school. Exactly what day that was is unclear. Sennott said Mendelowitz entered drug rehabilitation at Four Winds on June 2.

How convenient. He’s also probably raking in some disability pay on the public dime.

Mendelowitz formerly worked as a school counselor in Sleepy Hollow and at Horace Greeley in Chappaqua. His annual salary for fiscal 2012 in Scarsdale was $157,223.

When Mendelowitz left the school district in June, parents assumed he was ill, said Scarsdale resident Sara Werder.

“He did resign kind of abruptly. He had been a dean for many years. He was great with the kids. What a shame,” she said.

Indeed. Where are the kids going to get their crack now?

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