Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II is alleging that it has happened.

If proven, it’s one of every parent’s worst nightmares come true.

According to authorities, a school counselor from New Jersey has been accused of sexually assaulting a male student.

The New Jersey School Counselor, James D. Rone-Lewis, 31, allegedly brought a student into his office at the Avon Avenue Elementary School in Newark, New Jersey “on, or, about October 21, 2021 and touched his penis,” Stephens II and Newark Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara have stated.

James D. Rone-Lewis Essex County Prosecutor's Office: Photo Credit.
James D. Rone-Lewis Essex County Prosecutor's Office: Photo Credit.
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Rone-Lewis was arrested and charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to the joint statement from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office and the Newark Police Department.

Rone-Lewis has been released by the pretrial monitoring process, as the pending charges continue to be reviewed by the proper legal controlling authorities.

It has also been confirmed that Rone-Lewis was suspended without pay by the school district and he is forbidden to have any contact with the victim or the school.

The investigation into the circumstances surrounding this alleged crime continues.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

SOURCE: Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II & Newark Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara.

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