Uneasy lies the conduct that wears a Bird King’s crown.
Self-described “Bird King” Hector Cruz — a city teacher collared Jan. 31 for allegedly using a Bronx cockfighting plantation — has copped to an animal gratification charge, the Daily News has learned.
Cruz pleaded guilty on Jun 8 to a singular sovereign count, “attending an animal fighting venue,” justice papers reveal.
As partial of Cruz’s defence deal, prosecutors will suggest a judgment of up to 6 months behind bars.
The limit judgment for the charge is one year in prison, according to justice docs.
Cruz has also concluded to pledge “any and all roosters, hens, baby chickens, and eggs” seized in propinquity to his arrest, defence agreement papers say.
Cruz, who had taught ESL at Public School 211, couldn’t immediately be reached for comment, but had pronounced after his detain that the allegations were “just rabble talk.”
His counsel declined comment.
NYC teacher destitute for using cockfighting plantation
Education Department officials pronounced Cruz, who started operative in city schools in 1996, was reassigned to an executive core after his Jan detain but continues to draw his $108,251 salary.
Education Department officials wouldn’t contend when Cruz would return to the classroom or if he was confronting disciplinary movement over his rapist acts.
“This function is unsuitable and Mr. Cruz was reassigned in Feb tentative the fortitude of his rapist case,” pronounced Education Department orator Michael Aciman.
The Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s Office, which prosecuted the case, declined to comment.
Cops seize 24 roosters, chickens and cock-fighting rigging in Bronx
NYPD cops schooled about Cruz’s avian antics in Feb 2016 following a 311 report about roosters in a backyard.
The 59-year-old “voluntarily supposing the NYPD officers with a debate of the backyard of the Bronx Rooster Farm, which housed approximately 40 to 45 roosters and/or hens of opposite ages,” the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s bureau alleged.
Roosters outnumbered the hens and were “dubbed” — a cockfighting term which means these birds are “groomed or lame in graphic ways,” prosecutors pronounced after Cruz’s arrest.
Cruz also boasted about bird-based bloodsport on social media, blabbing about “his success in fighting roosters … his tenure of roosters famous for their cockfighting ability … the sale and conveyance of roosters famous for their cockfighting ability … and the income he creates from owning and selling roosters,” justice papers claimed.
Cruz’s social media hoop was “‘Rajah Khan’ … a play on difference that means, in sum and substance, ‘Bird King,’” authorities said.
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