Teaneck, NJ Police Arrest Bogota Teacher for Alleged Sexual Contact with Minor Student
The 39-year-old man, who resides in Teaneck, is suspected of forcing the female student to touch him in 2009. In June 2013, the student came forward with the allegations and told school officials about the teacher’s alleged conduct.
The suspect worked as a teacher at Bogota Junior-Senior High School. Shortly after the allegations against the man surfaced, he was suspended. Initially, the man was suspended for the rest of the school year, which amounted to 10 days. However, prior to the start of the new school year in August 2013, the school board voted to suspend him indefinitely, so that the police investigation could run its course.
Eventually, the police concluded their investigation. The suspect was arrested, and formal charges of aggravated sexual contact were filed against him.
In New Jersey, criminal sexual contact can be classified as either a third degree felony or a fourth degree felony, depending on the circumstances of the offense. As set forth by N.J.S.A. 2C:14-4, the penalties for aggravated criminal sexual contact include a prison sentence of three to five years, as well as Megan’s Law registration and community supervision for life.
Following his arrest, the suspect was taken to the Bergen County Jail, where he was being held on $50,000 bail.
For more information about this case, read the NJ.com article entitled “Bogota Teacher Accused of Having Sexual Contact with Eighth Grade Student.”