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The Bobster
12-15-2016, 05:31 PM

ACS worker with lengthy rap sheet also has spotty resume
By Lorena Mongelli, Julia Marsh and Bruce Golding
December 15, 2016 | 1:15pm | Updated

Al-Yeru Clarke in front of his home on Dec. 15. Photo: Victor Alcorn

The Administration for Children’s Services caseworker who was hired despite 11 arrests and a “history of domestic violence” also got fired from a previous job over harassment allegations by his ex-wife, The Post has learned.

Al-Yeru Clarke — whose troubling rap sheet was exclusively revealed by The Post — admitted Thursday that he was canned after just one month of working for the Suffolk County Traffic and Parking Violations Agency in 2014.

Clarke, 43, blamed his firing on an order of protection obtained by his ex, Michel Clarke, and called her accusation — which he has denied — her “way to settle an argument we were having.’”

“She definitely won that one,” Clarke said.

“Because I was working for the court system then and I had that active, limited order of protection, which was an order to not argue with one another, and I was still on probation with the court there, they terminated me.”

Clarke, of Hewlett, LI, said he also quit under pressure in 1997 after his employer — the Long Island-based Education and Assistance Corp., a non-profit now called the EAC Network — accused him of goldbricking.

“They made accusations about me being paid for time I didn’t work. I disagreed. I threatened to take them to court,” he said.

“They said OK, we’ll settle that I will resign on my own.”

In a suit filed Wednesday, Clarke revealed he was hired by ACS even though the Correction Department had previously rejected him due to his criminal record and spotty work history.

The Post’s expose about Clarke’s hiring marked the third blow this week against ACS. which is under fire for failing to protect two little boys beaten to death since September.

On Monday, the agency was rocked by the surprise resignation of Commissioner Gladys Carrion and on Tuesday, the state Office of Children and Family Services revealed that it had ordered the city to hire a state-approved monitor for ACS.

That announcement by OFCS came hours after Mayor de Blasio portrayed the monitor plan as his idea and falsely denied the state had veto power over his pick for the job.

City Councilman Fernando Cabrera (D-Bronx), a member of the General Welfare Committee, said ACS case workers should be subject to “the same background checks that we have for police officers.”

“They deal with children and very sensitive situations,” he said.

State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens), who on Wednesday filed papers to challenge de Blasio next year, called Clark’s hiring by ACS “absurd” and vowed to seek “an investigation of ACS’ background check protocol.”

“Our ACS agents are meant to protect the most vulnerable of our city and yet here we are putting our children in the hands of [someone with ]an extremely questionable background,” Avella added.