12 Accused ‘Perv’ Teachers, Coaches Busted in NJ Just This Year
October has been an active month for law enforcement officials filing charges against teachers and instructors accused of predatory behavior.
Over the past three weeks, five New Jersey educators have been arrested in separate cases for various offenses — ranging from a dean at a private school in Newark accused of luring, to a music teacher in West Windsor accused of sharing child pornography.
An Atlantic County teacher also has been charged with criminal sexual contact, stemming from an "inappropriate relationship" with a former student.
In 2019, New Jersey joined states with a law that criminalizes sexual conduct between teachers, school workers, bus drivers or volunteers with students older than 18 but younger than 22.
It bolsters existing law which makes it illegal for an individual with supervisory or disciplinary authority to engage in such activity with anyone younger than 18 — which has been the subject of at least a couple of NJ arrests within the past year.