In late September, three years after he was forced out as president of ASA College in Brooklyn amid a flurry of sexual misconduct allegations, Alex Shchegol met with the college’s Board of Trustees to beg for a second chance.
At least 10 female ASA students and employees had accused Shchegol of sexual misconduct including rape, sending unwanted pictures of his penis, and coercing students who relied on him for visas or employment into sex, according to lawsuits, draft lawsuits, letters from lawyers, and college documents reviewed by the Daily News. The allegations had resulted in more than $2 million in out-of-court settlements, according to a letter from the college’s board to the NYC Commission on Human Rights obtained by The News.
In early October, Shchegol used his legal authority as sole owner of ASA to remove five members of the seven-member board who had voted against his reinstatement. He replaced them with hand-picked allies including former Brooklyn Democratic Party boss and state assemblyman Frank Seddio, who college insiders say is an old friend of Shchegol’s. He also appointed businessman Albert Tylis, who sources said is a nephew of Shchegol’s wife.
Shchegol, who was accused in a lawsuit of threatening to sabotage a student’s visa application when she refused to have sex with him, was atop ASA college once again.