New York, NY - A Queens high school teacher is facing allegations he used tax funds to pay juvenile girls for sex, trading gifts, cash, and a non-existent job for underage sexual favors.
Martin Howfield, 56, was teaching Spanish at North Queens Community High School, at the time the incidents occurred.
The Special Commissioner of Investigation said the predatory plot came up in a private conversation last year between Howfield and a student at the Flushing “transfer school,” where failing kids get a last chance to graduate.
Howfield, who is also a licensed attorney, gave the female teen student a paid internship by the city Department of Education through a “Learning to Work” program.
The student, who has not been identified, allegedly received almost $2,000 of federal taxpayer money in exchange for performing sexual favors on Howfield.
She reportedly admitted she never did any work for the Department of Education program under which the internship had been approved.
Investigators said the phrase “sugar daddy” came up during a conversation between Howfield and the female victim.
After explaining what the phrase meant, he asked the female student if he could be her sugar daddy.
Howfield agreed to pay the student $300 per month, and asked what she would do to earn the money.
The female student told investigators she met Howfield outside school several times at a McDonald's in Jamaica, Queens. She said they would walk to a mall and go shopping.
She told investigators that Howfield bought her $150 Jordan sneakers at a Kids Foot Locker on one trip, and $190 Jordan sneakers on a second trip. On a third trip, he paid $27 for five panties from Victoria’s Secret.
When she was interviewed, the female student first told the investigators that Howfield had only fondled her under her clothing. She then admitted that she’d had intercourse and oral sex with Howfield after shopping, and that he would give her $20 and call her a cab.
The female student's mother told police that her daughter texted her that she had gone to the mall "with her sugar daddy Marty," according to The New York Post.
The mother said her daughter told her that “Marty” was her teacher, and that she participated in a work-study at his law firm.
The student denied actually working for his law firm.
She said Howfield taught her how to fill out timesheets which had the name of “The Law Office of Martin Howfield” on them. She said Howfield signed the timesheets.
Eventually, Howfield asked the female student to set him up with another girl.
A 17-year-old former student told investigators that she asked Howfield for legal help, and that they had phone sex.
New York Post reports that she said during the phone sex, Howfield claimed to be watching child porn, and told her he “wanted to ejaculate on her baby’s face.”
The student said Howfield was supposed to pay her for the phone sex but never did.
Investigators didn't find any porn on Howfield's DOE computer.
Howfield quit his $85,793-a-year teacher's job in November of 2016, shortly after investigators completed their probe. He has not commented on the allegations.