Friday, March 30, 2007


Guilty of sodomizing underage student

A Montessori teacher was convicted yesterday of sodomizing an underage student and bribing a second with sneakers and $400 to lie to investigators.

But Manhattan jurors could not agree on whether the teacher, Lina Sinha, 40, had raped the second student, when he was 12.

Sinha, who faces up to 18 years in prison, will be sentenced April 19 by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Carol Berkman. The student Sinha was convicted of sodomizing as a 13-year-old is now a police officer.

"I'm profoundly disappointed," said Sinha's lawyer Gerald Shargel.

He said his client will appeal and he expects her family to raise her $3.5 million bail.

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