(Newark, New Jersey) Yesterday, former Teacher of the Year Erica DePalo, 33, received a suspended sentence and lifetime parole for boffing a 15-year-old student. She was also ordered to forfeit her teaching credentials and register as a sex offender.
NJ Teacher Guilty of Sex with Student - Updated
[Previous 2/19/13 post]
(West Orange, New Jersey) Earlier today, a 33-year-old teacher formerly at West Orange High School, Erica DePalo, pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child after admitting she had sexual relations with a 15-year-old male student.
Erica DePalo will receive life parole supervision under the terms of the plea agreement when she is sentenced April 29.So, DePalo will receive no jail when sentenced in April.
She must undergo a psychological evaluation at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Avenel, forfeit her teaching license and never seek government employment.
DePalo also must register as a sex offender under Megan's Law and cannot have contact with the victim.
NJ Teacher Accused of Sex with Student
[Previous 9/1/12 post]
(Montclair, New Jersey) A 33-year-old English teacher at West Orange High School, Erica DePalo, has been accused of engaging in sex with a 15-year-old male student.
DePalo faces charges of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
Police allege that DePalo began a sexual relationship with a male student sometime in mid-June and that it continued until this past Tuesday. Attempts to reach her attorney for comment Saturday were unsuccessful.DePalo was booked into custody with bail set at $100,000.
DePalo, who taught Honors English to ninth- and tenth-graders, was selected as Essex County’s 2011-2012 top teacher as part of the state Department of Education’s “New Jersey Teacher of the Year” program.[…]
DePalo, who is single, has been employed at West Orange High School since 2003 but was suspended upon her arrest Friday.