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Default Hispanic Ex-Harlem teacher Christian Toro who hid explosives in home gets 6 years in prison


Ex-Harlem teacher who hid explosives in home gets 6 years in prison
By Andrew Denney
May 22, 2019 | 6:54pm | Updated May 22, 2019 | 10:11pm

One of the twin brothers who were busted last year for keeping bomb-making materials in their Bronx apartment — a former Harlem Prep teacher who enlisted the help of students to make explosives — has been sentenced to nearly six years in prison.

Christian Toro, 28, and his twin brother, Tyler Toro, were busted in February 2018 with bomb-making materials in their Pelham Bay apartment that included explosive powder, a strip of magnesium metal, the key ingredients for a substance used in incendiary bombs and a box of fireworks.

During a search of Toros’ apartment, federal agents also found a jar with gasoline and styrofoam mixed together — which they say can be mixed to make improvised napalm.

Attorneys for Christian Toro had argued that he wasn’t trying to build an explosive device for a “nefarious purpose” and that he and his brother had a fascination with fireworks and weaponry that they inherited from their father’s love for the Fourth of July.

But that argument failed to win over District Judge Richard Berman of the Manhattan federal court, who issued a sentence well above the sentencing guidelines’ range of 37 to 46 months in prison, giving him 70 months.

The feds also say that Christian Toro paid minor students from his school $50 per hour to remove the explosive powder from fireworks and that he had a sexual relationship with one of the students when she was 16 years old.

Toro also once texted the 16-year-old girl and once convinced her to call a bomb threat into Harlem Prep.

“Say there’s a ombbay in the uildingbay,” Toro told her, according to court papers. He is also facing statutory rape and related charges in Bronx Supreme Court based on his conduct with the female student, court documents state.

Tyler Toro is scheduled to be sentenced on May 29.
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