The 65-year-old suspect, who resides in Warwick, New York, had worked at Bergen County Academies in Hackensack for more than two decades. He was employed as a biology and human sexuality teacher at the Hackensack school.
According to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, the suspect engaged in sexual activity with a 16-year-old female student. He also allegedly sent numerous sexually explicit emails and text messages.
Law enforcement became aware of the sex crime allegations after the victim’s sister reportedly discovered the emails. The sister alerted their mother, who then contacted Hackensack police.
During the subsequent investigation, detectives with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office interviewed both the suspect and the student. The victim reportedly provided detectives with details about the alleged sex crimes.
Now the suspect is going to be sentenced to time in New Jersey State Prison after reaching a deal with prosecutors. The suspect entered a guilty plea on the child endangerment charges, with Bergen County prosecutors agreeing to drop the other sexual offense charges. The suspect will have to return to Bergen County Superior Court on May 27 so that can be formally sentenced.
For further information about this case, read the Patch.com article, “Ex-Bergen County Academies Teacher Pleads Guilty in Student Sex Case: Report.”