Private school teacher inappropriately touched girl in store

A teacher at a private school in Dix Hills was arrested Sunday and charged with inappropriately touching a 9-year-old girl last week at a supermarket in Huntington Station, Suffolk police said.

Gerry White, 45, of Conklin Avenue, Wheatley Heights, was arrested at his home at 9:30 p.m. Sunday and charged with unlawfully dealing with a child, Suffolk County police said.

He was arraigned Monday in First District Court in Central Islip and pleaded not guilty, said Robert Clifford, a spokesman for the Suffolk County district attorney’s office. Bail was set at $1,500 cash or $5,000 bond, and his next court date is March 27.

White teaches math at Upper Room Christian School and also owns a child education business called EZPZ Solutions, police said.

Officials from the school did not respond to requests for comment.

Police said he followed a woman and her three children into the C-Town supermarket on New York Avenue in Huntington Station on March 13, used “vulgar language” and then touched the woman’s 9-year-old daughter on the leg and thigh.

The arrest followed an investigation by Second Precinct Crime Section detectives, and police are asking anyone who believes they may have been a victim of White to call 911 or the Second Precinct Crime Section at 631-854-8226.

The Upper Room Christian School has been a recognized school with the state since July 1, 1980, according to New York State Education Department spokesman Jonathan Burman.