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Criminal Justice Teacher Arrested For Helping Prisoners Escaped

May 19, 1992

WARWICK, N.Y. (AP) _ A criminal justice teacher has been charged with helping two inmates escape from a medium-security state prison last week, state police said.

Michael T. Petrik, 30, was accused of giving a cutting tool to the inmates that they used to cut a hole in a chain-link perimeter fence at Mid-Orange Correctional Facility on May 11, said state police Capt. Michael F. Cahill.

Petrik, who teaches criminal justice at Nassau County Community College in Garden City on New York’s Long Island, picked up the men outside the prison and drove them out of the area, police said. Christopher Rodriguez, 23, and Lawrence Rose, were still at large today.

Cahill refused to release further details on Petrik’s role in the escape or reveal where he may have taken the inmates. Petrik ″was an associate of Rodriguez,″ he said.

Petrik was arraigned Monday night on felony charges of escape and promoting prison contraband, along with misdemeanor charges of criminal facilitation and hindering prosecution. If convicted on the felony charges, he would face at least three to seven years in state prison, police said.

Rodriguez was imprisoned for strangling a man after breaking into his home, and Rose was convicted of robbery and grand larceny.

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