A 21-year-old woman who works as a substitute teacher has been accused of sexual assault. The woman faces several charges for sex crimes after an alleged incident that occurred on Nov. 20 in Wayne, New Jersey. Charges were filed the following day after a special victims unit investigated the incident.
According to the principal of the high school where the woman was substituting, she was not employed by the school district; instead, she worked for the Passaic County Education Services Commission. The woman reportedly substituted approximately six times prior to the incident and was filling in for a science teacher at the time.
The woman is facing charges of child endangerment, sexual assault in the second degree and criminal sexual contact in the fourth degree. The woman has been held on $250,000 bail. She could face more than 16 years in prison if the maximum penalties are received.
A defendant in a similar case might consider various defense strategies depending on the evidence and facts related to the situation. Legal assistance might be important in addressing a sensitive issue such as alleged sexual assault involving a minor. A criminal defense lawyer might possibly challenge the alleged victim's testimony if there are inconsistencies in the events that supposedly occurred. A plea deal might also be an option if a defendant does not want to risk a conviction at his or her trial. Although cases involving adults and minors can be controversial, it is important for those hearing such a case to recall that a defendant is considered innocent until proven otherwise.
Source: NJ.com, "Substitute teacheer sexually assaulted 16-year-old student, authorities say", Justin Zaremba, November 22, 2014