On Sept. 8, it was reported that a former New Jersey teacher was charged with sexual assault and other similar charges after she was accused of molesting a male student. The woman, 24, reportedly used to teach English at a Wall Township high school. She graduated from the high school in 2008.
The indictment papers accused the woman of having an ongoing sexual relationship with a 15-year-old male student between Jan. 1 and July 31, 2013. The prosecutor's office stated that the teenager was one of the former teacher's students. The incidents allegedly occurred at the woman's home and outside of town.
She was charged with aggravated sexual assault, endangering a child and sexual assault. If she is convicted on the charges, the former teacher faces severe consequences that could include a maximum prison sentence of 20 years for the aggravated sexual assault charge. The charge for endangering a child and for sexual assault each carry a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Additionally, if she is convicted, she will be required to register as a sex offender. This could ultimately mean that she could face parole supervision for life.
The state of New Jersey takes accusations of sexual assault very seriously, especially when children are involved. Because the punishments are severe for someone who is convicted, a strong defense against the allegations are vital. Depending upon the unique circumstances of a case, an attorney may be able to fight the charges by examining the evidence that their client was not sexually involved with an underage individual. The prosecutor is required to prove that the crime, and if the evidence is shaky or inconclusive, then the defense can argue that there's not enough proof to overcome reasonable doubt.
Source: Crimesider / CBS News, "Former N.J. teacher indicted for alleged sex with student", September 08, 2014