Sexual Assault Charges in Middletown, Monmouth County

An Ex-Dean of a Middletown Highschool was charged with Sexual Assault in Monmouth County after Having Relations with a Former Student.

New Jersey news reports the former dean of students at Middletown’s Mater Dei Prep, who was also an English teacher and boys’ soccer coach there, is accused of sexually assaulting a then-16-year-old female student in Monmouth County.  The teacher, 28, who is an alum of the same school was arrested Tuesday and faces charges of second-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact.  The student allegedly assaulted has since graduated and is now 18-years old.  The accused is being held in jail without the option to post 10 percent of a $125,000 bail.

Criminal Sexual Contact is a distinguishable offense in New Jersey sex crimes law.  Under N.J.C.A. 2C:14-3, an actor is guilty of criminal sexual contact if he commits an act of sexual contact with the victim and an additional circumstance proscribed by law exists.  In this case, the secondary circumstance is that “the victim is at least 16 but less than 18-years-old and the actor had supervisory or disciplinary power of any nature or in any capacity over the victim.  Because of the teacher/student relationship, the accused is considered to have a supervisory power over the victim.  As such, if the allegations are true, the teacher was properly charged under the law.

If convicted, the teacher faces severe criminal penalties.  Because of the second degree sexual assault charge, he could receive up to twenty years in prison if the criminal sexual contact charge is run concurrently at sentencing.  As such, it would greatly benefit an individual accused of these types of crimes to seek out a skilled criminal defense attorney.

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