Lyndhurst Teacher Accused of Sexually Assaulting Student, Allegedly Violated No-Contact Order
A Jersey City NJ teacher who is accused of sexually assaulting a student now faces new charges for allegedly violating a no-contact order.
According to Bergen County prosecutors, the 32-year-old suspect committed the sex crime against a 15-year-old female student at Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School in Lyndhurst, New Jersey.
Law enforcement first learned of the sexual assault allegations when school officials reported the suspect to the Lyndhurst Police Department. Employees at the school allegedly observed “inappropriate behavior” between the suspect and the victim during a school field trip.
Investigators looked into the allegations and determined that the suspect probably engaged in sexual activity with the victim at the suspect’s residence.
The suspect, a second-grade teacher, was subsequently arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
Authorities later investigated the suspect for violating the terms of her release after the victim reportedly received two phone calls from restricted numbers. Additionally, the suspect allegedly sent the victim a text message that included a “pet name” the suspect reportedly used to designate the victim.
During the investigation, police reportedly learned that the suspect had downloaded an application to block her phone number. Moreover, the suspect allegedly searched the Internet to find the student’s phone number.
The suspect has now been charged with contempt of court for allegedly violating the judicial order that prevented her from having any contact with the victim.
As a result of the new charges, the suspect was taken to the Bergen County Jail in Hackensack, New Jersey. She was being held at the jail in lieu of $50,000 bail. Additionally, the superior court judge is reportedly thinking about revoking the suspect’s $150,000 bail for the sexual assault charges.
To learn more about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Teacher, Accused of Sexual Assault, Re-arrested for Allegedly Contacting Student, Report Says.”