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Park Slope teacher arrested after burglarizing his neighbor’s house

By Mason White 2:49 PM May 25, 2014
Brent Adams 

By: Aarav Sen
A Park Slope English teacher was arrested on charges of burglary after allegedly trying to break into a home on his block, police in New York said.

Brooklyn Police said that 41-year-old Brent Adams, taught at the Poly Prep Country Day School.

The incident began when the resident of Garfield Place, near 7th Avenue, called police shortly after 12:00 p.m. on Friday, to report that a man crept into his basement through a window. Police arrived and found Adams at the scene.

Police said that Adams, who lives in the same block as the house he is accused of burglarizing, was charged with burglary and theft. After his arrest, he was put on indefinite administrative leave.

In August, students and staff at the Oregon City School District, were shocked when a teacher was arrested for stealing a student’s watch. Kevin Strasser, 42, of Oregon, who is a physical education teacher and head coach of the high school football team, was charged with robbery and official misconduct for the theft of the watch that belonged to one of his students.

Student Cameron Rogers, 18, said that he was upset when his watch disappeared during the last week of school. He worked months to save up to $600 dollars to buy the jewel-encrusted Ice Time watch for his birthday.

When the student told Strasser, who was his weightlifting teacher at the time about the disappearance of the watch, Strasser admitted that he saw the watch in the lost and found property box, but said he did not know who took it. Rogers thought he would never see the watch again. Until one day a friend of Rogers saw his watch in a local pawn shop. Police were able to identify Strasser as the suspect.

School officials issued a statement saying: “We are all shocked and saddened by the news. Anytime the actions of an educator betrays the trust of our students and community, we are heartbroken.” A substitute teacher replaced Strasser pending the outcome of the investigation.

Strasser was booked into the Clackamas County Jail with bail set at $15,000.