Married Female Teacher Charged with Sexual Assault After ‘Affair with Student’ in New Jersey

Married Female Teacher Charged with Sexual Assault After 'Affair with Student' in New Jersey
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A 36-year-old mar­ried female teacher in New Jer­sey has been charged with sex­u­al assault over claims she had sex­u­al rela­tions with a student.

Julie Rizzitel­lo, who pre­vi­ous­ly worked as an Eng­lish teacher at Wall Town­ship High School, is accused of engag­ing in “var­i­ous sex­u­al acts” with the stu­dent on “mul­ti­ple occa­sions and in at least three juris­dic­tions — Bel­mar, Brick, and Wall” over the course of a year.

Rizzitel­lo, who tied the knot with her hus­band in 2017, was arrest­ed on Wednes­day and charged with two counts of sec­ond-degree sex­u­al assault, three counts of crim­i­nal sex­u­al con­tact and one count of wit­ness tampering. 

She has since resigned from her posi­tion at the school.

The alle­ga­tions against Rizzitel­lo come just days after the arrest of anoth­er New Jer­sey instruc­tor, Alli­son Have­mann-Niedrach, a 43-year-old spe­cial edu­ca­tion teacher accused of sex­u­al­ly assault­ing one of her students.

These cas­es high­light the trou­bling issue of teach­ers exploit­ing their posi­tions of pow­er and abus­ing students. 

The charges against Rizzitel­lo and Have­mann-Niedrach are a stark reminder of the need for robust safe­guards and account­abil­i­ty mea­sures in edu­ca­tion­al insti­tu­tions to pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble students.

The inves­ti­ga­tions into these inci­dents are ongo­ing, and the defen­dants will face the con­se­quences of their alleged actions in the court system. 

It is cru­cial that such cas­es are thor­ough­ly exam­ined and that jus­tice is served to pre­vent sim­i­lar abus­es from occur­ring in the future.

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