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Journal entries studied in child-endangerment case

H.B. Thompson Middle School English teacher, Ian Edrich,

H.B. Thompson Middle School English teacher, Ian Edrich, had an "immoral, unhealthy and inappropriate" journal correspondence with a 13-year-old boy he took under his wing, police said. (Jan. 7, 2010) Photo Credit: Handout

The 13-year-old boy who police say was victimized by a Syosset schoolteacher wrote in the journal that they kept together that he loved the teacher and "did not want to live" without his teacher's friendship, according to the boy's statement to police investigating the bizarre correspondence.

Nassau County police arrested the teacher, Ian Edrich of East Meadow, on a misdemeanor child endangerment charge Thursday because he wrote and encouraged "immoral and unhealthy" entries in their journal that appeared to be "gearing toward a sexual relationship between two," a misdemeanor complaints against Edrich says.

A police spokesman has said there is no evidence of any physical relationship between Edrich, 35, and the boy, whose name Newsday is withholding because he is a minor and because of the nature of the accusation.

The statement to police by the boy, an eighth grader, details how Edrich, who taught the boy's English class the previous school year, told the boy his personal telephone number, invited him back before the semester to help set up his classroom and hosted almost daily one-on-one meals during lunchtime at H.B. Thompson Middle School.

"Edrich also took me out of music class every other day to hang out in his room since he did not have a class during 2nd period," the boy told police detectives.

The journal, which the teacher mostly kept in his desk and occasionally let the boy take home, was discovered by the boy's mother, who concluded that Edrich was "manipulating and controlling my son" and who then told the authorities.

The Syosset Central School District, where Edrich has taught for the past seven or so years, has said it been suspended him from his post. Edrich has no listed phone number, and he didn't reply to a Facebook message for comment.

An arraignment judge ordered Edrich held on $1,000 bond or $500 cash bail. It wasn't clear whether Edrich had posted it. He is due back in court Feb. 1.

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