Nicole Dufault seemed like “an average mom going to work,” according to neighbors, but the 34-year-old did not act like it on the job, apparently.
The language arts teacher from Caldwell, New Jersey, stands accused of sexually assaulting three of her underage students, CBS New York reports.
The teacher was arrested on Wednesday and charged with multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
She stands accused of having oral sex and intercourse with three 15-year-old male students at Columbia High School in Maplewood, New Jersey.
Dufault has taught at that institution for over nine years.
“[If the allegations are true], not only did she destroy her life and her children, but the boys who are involved as well,” said neighbor Maureen Messina.
Dufault’s own two young children have been removed from her home in the wake of the allegations, which left the community reeling and scrambling.
According to a letter from the school administration:
“The CHS administrative team, guidance counselors, student assistance counselors, school social workers, and teachers are actively supporting students and staff.”
“If your child is showing signs of stress in reaction to the events or the investigation, please reach out to his or her guidance counselor or a member of the administrative team.”
Dufault is not the only teacher to have been arrested for having sex with a student in recent weeks, months, and years, as evidenced by the rogues’ gallery below.
A Pennsylvania band teacher, Bridgett Szychulski, was arrested just last Tuesday in Pennsylvania on charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and statutory sexual assault.
That alleged victim was her 14-year-old student.
Brianne Altice, an English teacher at a reputable Utah high school, was arrested for having sex with at least one of her students.
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Nicole Dufault, N.J. Teacher, Accused of Illegal Sexual Relations With Three Teen Students