A 28-year-old Rutherford woman has been arrested this week on
sexual assault charges after authorities revealed that they suspected her of having sexual
contact with a student. The woman, who was arrested on May 2, also faces
charges of endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Bergen
County Prosecutors Office. Both of those crimes are second-degree felonies.
The woman is a softball coach at a local high school, and she also teaches
at a school in Washington Township. The investigation into the matter
began when the woman's softball players notified school officials
that she may have been involved sexually with a male student at their
After the girls reported the incident, leaders at Wood-Ridge high school
got in touch with local authorities, who began an in-depth investigation
into the matter. The woman is accused of engaging in sexual activities
with the boy when he was in his junior year at the school. The acts allegedly
happened at the woman's former home in Lyndhurst, according to prosecutors.
She was arrested after the completion of an investigation by the Bergen
County Prosecutors Office Special Victims Unit, in collaboration with
the Wood-Ridge and Lyndhurst police departments.
The woman was detained with a $50,000 bail, according to county officials.
She posted bail, and she is currently awaiting her first court appearance,
the date of which has not been released.
No information has been released about the identity of the victim, and
authorities have also not indicated when the alleged assault occurred.
Also, prosecutors have not revealed the potential jail time or penalties
the woman may face if she is convicted of the crimes.
Source: northjersey.com: "Rutherford woman arrested for allegedly having
sex with student," May 3, 2012