A Mendham NJ high school teacher has been accused of illegally engaging in a sexual relationship with a student.
According to authorities, the 32-year-old suspect is a teacher at West Morris Mendham High School. The suspect reportedly lives in Mount Olive, New Jersey. She is listed on the school’s website as an English teacher who taught honors and International Baccalaureate-level English courses.
Authorities began investigating the suspect after receiving a report that she had engaged in a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student. The joint investigation was conducted by the Mendham Borough Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes / Child Endangerment Unit.
The illegal acts reportedly happened in May and June of 2014. The suspect was reportedly employed as a teacher at the time.
The suspect was eventually arrested and charged with second degree official misconduct. If she is convicted on the second degree felony charges, she could be subject to a sentence of 5–10 years in New Jersey State Prison.
Not long after the suspect was placed under arrest, she posted $75,000 bail and was released from custody.
Police have not released any details about the student, other than the fact that the student was 18 years old.
While the investigation remains ongoing, the suspect has been suspended until further notice from her job at West Morris Mendham High School. The suspension was announced by the superintendent of the West Morris Regional High School District.
Meanwhile, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office has asked that anyone with information about the case please get in touch with detectives at 973-285-8407.
To learn more about this case, view the NJ.com article entitled “Mendham High Suspends Teacher Accused of Sexual Relationship with Student.”