NEW: Boca charter teacher accused of kissing student won’t comment


A 28-year-old charter-school teacher police say was caught on video kissing a male student in his classroom this month would not comment on the incident Friday morning.

“I am not making a statement,” Brian Kornbluth said through the door of his residence in suburban Boca Raton.

Kornbluth teaches at Somerset Academy, which has classes for grades kindergarten through eighth at its Southwest Fourth Avenue campus. Kornbluth, who faces two counts of simple battery, was released from the Palm Beach County Jail on his own recognizance Thursday night.

According to a probable-cause affidavit made public Friday, Kornbluth kissed a 10-year-old fifth grade boy in an empty classroom Feb. 9. The incident was caught on classroom surveillance video, according to police. Kornbluth was suspended without pay from the school, according a letter to parents from Somerset principal Daniel Shourds.

When the boy was first interviewed, he made no mention of the kiss in the classroom. When investigators spoke with him again, he said Kornbluth had kissed him several times while at the boy’s home. The boy’s 11-year-old sister told investigators the teacher had previously traded Gummy Bears in return for hugs and kisses from both her and her brother in his classroom, the affidavit said.

Shourds told parents in the letter “the families of the students have established personal relationships outside of school.” The extent of the personal relationship was not provided by authorities or the school.

Shourds said the school will continue its own investigation into the incident.

According to Palm Beach County schools records, Kornbluth was a teacher at Benoist Farms Elementary School in suburban West Palm Beach during 2013.



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