A former teacher at Clifton High School was recently stripped of his teaching licenses after he pleaded guilty to sex offense charges.
The victim in the case was a 17-year-old female student at the high school in Clifton, New Jersey.
The suspect was accused of committing the sexual offenses on a number of occasions while he was employed as a science teacher at the Clifton New Jersey school. The suspect worked at Clifton High School for more than seven years.
According to the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect sexually touched the victim several times on school property. Prosecutors also said that the suspect harassed the victim and made numerous inappropriate sexual remarks to the victim.
As soon as the victim came forward to alert authorities to the sex crime allegations, the Clifton Police Department and the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office conducted a joint investigation into the suspect. Law enforcement eventually arrested the suspect and charged him with multiple criminal offenses, including criminal sexual contact, endangering the welfare of a child, and official misconduct.
The suspect, who lives in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey, avoided trial in the case by reaching a plea deal with Passaic County prosecutors. The suspect pleaded guilty to criminal sexual contacted.
The plea agreement calls for the suspect to be sentenced to a term of incarceration of six months in the local county jail. Beyond that, the suspect will be placed on probation for a period of two years after he secures his release from jail. Additionally, the suspect will be required to register as a convicted sex offender under Megan’s Law.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, the suspect also had to forfeit all of his NJ teaching certificates. The New Jersey Board of Examiners has now revoked the suspect’s teaching licenses in the State of New Jersey.
For further information about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Ex-Clifton Teacher Who Had Sexual Contact with Student Loses Teaching Licenses.”