Parents arrested for binding daughter with duct tape

A 19-year-old woman was bound with duct tape by her parents, who were taking her to a therapist when police on the Lower East Side interceded and arrested them, police said Monday.

Menachem Cohen, 40, and Rachel Cohen, 38, told officers their daughter was emotionally disturbed and that they used duct tape to cover her mouth and bind her hands and feet so that she wouldn’t escape from them, police said.

A passerby called police just before 5:30 p.m. Sunday when they saw the daughter in the back of a green Prius on Forsyth St.

The mother, the witness told police, was hitting the daughter.

The parents, who live in upstate Monticello, told police they were on their way to see a family friend who is also a therapist.

The daughter, who lives with the parents, was treated at Bellevue Hospital for redness on her hands and neck, then admitted to the psychiatric ward.

The parents were charged with unlawful imprisonment, reckless endangerment, assault and menacing.

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Mary Kay LeTourneau, the former teacher who pleaded guilty to raping a 13-year-old student and then having a child from the affair. Le Tourneau would later marry the student, Vili Fualaau, and the two would have two daughters together.

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John Mark Karr, is the teacher who falsely confessed to killing  child beauty queen JonBenet Ramsey.

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Debra Lafave pleaded guilty in 2005 to sexual encounters with one of her middle school students.

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Tad Cummins, a former Tennessee high school teacher accused of kidnapping a teenage student and taking her from Tennessee to California.


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Pamela Smart, a former high school media coordinator was convicted of enlisting several teenagers to murder her husband. 

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Rachel Respess (L) and Shelley Dufresne, both high school teachers in Louisiana, were arrested in 2014 on suspicion of having group sex with a 16-year-old boy at one of the teacher's apartments, according to authorities.

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Samantha Lee Ciotta is accused of having a sexual relationship with an underage student while she was a high school English teacher and cheerleading coach at Beaumont High School in California. 

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Former teacher James Hooker left his wife and children to  move in with his 18-year-old student, Jordan Powers. The two reportedly briefly broke up after Hooker was arrested on charges of sexual assault against another student back in 1998.

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Christopher Paul Neil, a former teacher, is a convicted sex offender who gained notoriety for the digitally-distorted images of his face he posted online.

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