(New York) – Project Veritas has released a video exposing attorney Mitchell Rubinstein from the New York State United Teachers describing a case in which a teacher was alleged to have forced students at knife-point to give him oral sex.
The 16-minute video shows Rubinstein describing on hidden-camera the case he defended twenty years ago to a Project Veritas journalist at a union holiday party in December, 2015.
A Junior High School teacher Rubinstein names “Mike,” was accused by several students to have forced a student at knife-point or gun-point to give him oral sex.
There was overwhelming evidence including the students knowing the name of his pet parrot, the layout of his home and having his cell phone number.
“Okay, Mike, how do the students know your parrot is Petey? Okay? And he says, oh, easy, you know, kids like pets. I used pets like as a you know, motivation in teaching and everything…
“…we go on and on, and then the students, they have your phone number, this is your cell number…So how do the students have your cell number? Oh, I know I shouldn’t give it to them, but you know, I help them after school with tutoring and stuff. So I give…so I give them my cell number.
“Okay, and then it gets…then one of the students describes his living room. He says like he has a dining room, you know, brown couch…and he has like a, you know, a picture of a ship on his wall, or you know, something. Okay, Mike, do you have a brown couch and do you have a picture of your ship on the wall? He says, yeah, I tell students I have this, and some of the students they drop stuff…they drop stuff off for me. Okay, and I’m, you know, this is pretty bad, you know.”
According to Rubinstein, the courts also subpoenaed Mike’s phone records and found several calls from his home to the victim’s girlfriend, proving that he was in the house.
Rubinstein claims that the teacher was able to cheat a lie detector test.
“I had the teacher take a lie detector test. Okay. He passed the lie detector test. That’s why I don’t believe in lie detector tests…but I was like, how do you pass a lie detector test? And he said, every time they asked me like did I force to have sex with a kid, it was…it wasn’t forceful, it was voluntary. So, he, in his mind, believed that it was okay, because it was…because it was voluntary, when it really wasn’t voluntary.”
Rubinstein even admits that this is an absolutely egregious act.
“And I go to him, dude, you know, you’re going to go to jail if this goes bad, because like forced sec with like a minor. This is like the worst…you know, as bad as it gets.”
“But you were defending the teacher?” a Project Veritas journalist asked. “I’m always defending the teacher,” Rubinstein replied.
A Project Veritas journalist asked Rubinstein if Mike still teaches:
“Oh my God. Does he still teach?”
“No, he resigned.”
“But if he wanted to he still could? He’s not registered as a sex offender?”
“No, cause he wasn’t convicted. He resigned.”
Project Veritas did immense research to try and find the identity of “Mike.” On top of the hundreds of man-hours of research, two private investigators were hired, but nothing was found. After these months of research, a different Project Veritas journalist set up a meeting with Rubinstein to get more information.
Rubinstein corroborated his original story by telling it again, further verifying the voracity of the details. He again refused to tell Mike’s last name, but admitted that he does in fact know the last name. He also told us that he saw Mike some years later, handing out flyers in New York City announcing he planned to run for city council.
Because Project Veritas hit a brick wall in identifying Mike, O’Keefe decided that this information was too dangerous to keep hidden any longer. “We hope that by releasing this video, people will come forward and help us find Mike,” O’Keefe stated.