September 05, 2012

Erica DePalo - Teacher Of The Year Award Winner - Charged With Having Sex With 15-Year-Old Student

West Orange, N.J. (The Weekly Vice) - Erica DePalo, a 33-year-old teacher at West Orange High School and the 2011 Essex County Teacher of the Year, has been charged with having sex with a 15-year-old student.

According to police, DePalo began a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student on June 15 and continued the relationship until August 28.

The alleged victim is a student who attended DePalo's honors English class, according to reports.

DePalo, who was named the 2011 Essex County "Teacher of the Year," has been suspended "immediately and indefinitely," according to school administrators.

DePalo was booked into jail and charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Her bail has been set at $100,000.

Danny Vice
The Weekly Vice

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