Several men are facing charges, accused of performing lewd acts on themselves in a department store restroom.
Among those arrested, 38-year-old Anthony Mauriello of Niskayuna. He has been an elementary school teacher for 16 years.
And NEWS10 has learned he just took a leave of absence from his job at School 18 in Troy.
Police say he and some other men were caught in a second floor restroom at the Macy’s at Colonie Center. Seven separate arrests were made during a three-day sting operation.
“The original complaint came from Macy’s due to some uncleanly conditions in the bathroom, as well as a lot of people just going into that bathroom out of the ordinary,” says Colonie Police Lt. John VanAlstyne.
All the suspects have appeared in court and are charged with misdemeanors. They have also been issued trespassing notices from Macy’s.