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LI Gym Teacher Gets 18 Years in Bartender Rape

A Long Island gym teacher has been sentenced to 18 years in prison after admitting he raped a bartender.

Michael Wachholder pleaded guilty last month in Suffolk County Court in Riverhead. He admitted that he attacked the bartender at a Mount Sinai tavern last February.

Michael Wachholder

Michael Wachholder


Following his arrest, the 30-year-old Wachholder was placed on administrative leave from his teaching job in the Three Village school district.

At the sentencing on Wednesday, Wacholder apologized to the victim and his family.


Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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