Nicole DuFault, 35, has been indicted on 40 counts after allegedly having sex with six teen students. According to NOLA, Dufault was arrested and charged back in September after being accused of having sexual relations with three students. The prosecution now claims that DuFault had inappropriate relations with six male students at Columbia High School in New Jersey. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, DuFault was charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
“The victims were 14- and 15-year-old boys, and the assaults occurred many times in 2013 and 2014, authorities said Tuesday. They say some of the sex acts occurred on school property and in DuFault’s car.”
Nicole DuFault has been free on $500,000 bail. According to the Huffington Post, DuFault, a longtime language arts teacher, has not pled guilty to the charges. Her attorney’s have encouraged the jury to look at her record before this arrest. Her reputation at the school is the focus of her case, as she has had a “commendable background and unblemished work performance.” It is unknown if any of the students have admitted to having inappropriate relations with their teacher.
According to the New York Daily News, one of the sexual encounters was actually filmed. Authorities have obtained this video.
“Among the damning evidence is video of DuFault… performing oral sex on one of the boys while another victim was nearby.”
The report states that DuFault’s attorneys have planned a “vigorous defense” where they intend to convince the jury that the teen boys were the actual aggressors in the case.
“If the video depicts certain things happening … that doesn’t mean that my client’s not innocent. People are victimized by juveniles all the time”
At the time of DuFault’s arrest, the school sent letters to parents. The principal also encouraged students to stay focused on their studies despite the situation. Guidance counselors were available to see students who wanted to talk about the accusations. Superintendent of South Orange/Maplewood James G. Memoli wrote in a letter to parents.
“The CHS administrative team, guidance counselors, student assistance counselors, school social workers, and teachers are actively supporting students and staff impacted by events. 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”
Nicole DuFault is a single mother of two, but she has lost custody of them both. She is due in court on March 6.
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