Any kind of criminal charge can have an impact on a person’s reputation and career. However, if a person stands accused of a crime on his or her work premises for a crime committed against someone with whom he or she was entrusted to protect, the potential consequences can impact their career even before they get their day in court. In New Jersey recently, a teacher has been removed from his classroom as he faces charges of sexual assault.
The 37-year-old man was a high school art teacher. He was a teacher in the school for four years. He is accused of assaulting a girl who is now 17 years old. The assaults allegedly took place in the man’s classroom and occurred on several occasions; however, it is unclear how many times it allegedly occurred.
The teacher faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child, child abuse and sexual assault. He has not been officially suspended. Bail was set for the teacher at an amount of $75,000.
Charges of sexual assault are taken very seriously in New Jersey. It is vital that anyone facing a sexual assault charge fully understand his or her rights and what kind of protections they are entitled to under the law. Anyone charged should also know what kind of evidence the prosecution contends to have against them. A sexual assault charge can lead to probation, fines, jail time and also required registry as a sex offender, which can impact a person’s ability to get a job in certain fields or even live in certain areas.
Source: nj.com, “Jersey City teacher charged with sexually assaulting student, 16, in classroom”, Michaelangelo Conte, June 17, 2014