Costa filed a complaint with the police on June 20, on the advice of the teachers union.
“I no longer feel safe in the building and would like to be transferred to a different work environment where harassment/bullying is not tolerated,” Costa said in a letter to her union rep. Three students were suspended last fall after getting nabbed for stealing her smartphone."They saw the case for what it is and the defendant for what he is and what he did." Neither Ritter nor his attorney, Gary Kohlman, commented outside court. Each of the five felony counts carries a maximum sentence of 7 years in prison, but Ritter is likely to get much less under sentencing guidelines.Mr Kohlman acknowledged in his closing argument that jurors were likely to be "troubled and offended" by the graphic chat and video of Ritter that prosecutors played, but said they were required to put aside their personal distaste because "this is not a referendum on whether anybody in the courtroom approves of adult chat rooms".Kids at Urban Action Academy in Canarsie made color photocopies of a screen grab of social studies teacher Angela Costa’s private message — in which she thanked her lover for giving her “a couple of orgasms” — and spread it throughout the entire building on June 13, sources said.The students dropped dozens of copies in the third-floor hallway, a scene captured on video, according to sources.