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New Jersey teacher claims innocence in sex crimes charges

Many New Jersey readers are aware of the case involving a Maplewood high school teacher who is accused of having sex with multiple students. The media coverage of her arrest has spread across the region and has received national attention, as well. The 35-year-old teacher asserts that she is not at fault in the matter, and she seems poised to fight the sex crimes charges in court.

The teacher, who is also the mother of two, is accused of having intercourse with six boys who were students at the school. The boys were 14 and 15 years of age when the incidents are claimed to have taken place, between 2013 and 2014. It is also alleged that there is video of the woman performing an oral sex act on one of the boys.

She has been charged with sexual assault, as well as child endangerment. Prior to her arrest, the teacher led language arts classes at Columbia High School for nine years. She is currently free on $500,000 bail.

As this case moves forward, more information may become available concerning the allegations against this New Jersey teacher and her relationship with the boys in question. While sex crimes against children are deplorable, it is important to keep in mind that not every accusation of such deeds results in a conviction. There are many cases in which a group of teenagers creates or embellishes stories in order to gain attention or the admiration of other students. In such cases, the adult accused of misconduct may be found not guilty but will suffer a great deal of personal and professional loss before the matter is concluded.

Source: New York Daily News, "New Jersey teacher Nicole DuFault pleads not guilty to charges of having sex with 6 students", Doyle Murphy, April 6, 2015

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