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New Jersey Prison Teacher Busted After Diary Details Sexual Affair, Pregnancies With Murderous Inmate

A New Jersey Department of Corrections teacher was fired and arrested on January 31 after authorities discovered she had sex with an inmate more than 20 times behind bars — and got pregnant twice. 42-year-old Chong-Hwa Chang has been charged with sexual assault because of her sordid affair with convicted murderer, 35-year-old Rashid Walker – which occurred at the New Jersey State Prison in Trenton, where she taught.

NY Daily News reports that Chang had taught basic adult education for nine years at the prison, but Walker was not one of her students. Prosecutors said that once they were tipped off to the sexual relationship, they obtained a warrant and searched Chang’s car and New Jersey home, where they found her diary detailing their behind-bars exploits. Chang also documented her two pregnancies, one ended in a miscarriage and the other was aborted. Her cellphone revealed that she shared sexual photos with Walker, and had become so close to his family that she gave his relatives gifts and attended a family wedding.

Walker was convicted in 2004 for fatally shooting a young coin laundry manager, after he robbed him at gunpoint in Passaic, New Jersey on February 18, 2002. He is serving 60 years for murder, felony murder, and armed robbery. He won’t be eligible for parole until February 2053. While his in-prison sex with Chang was consensual, because she was in a supervisory role at the prison, prosecutors are charging her with sexual assault.

Chang was born in Korea but it is a naturalized citizen and has no previous criminal record. She earned a master’s degree from Rutger’s University, and has two children from a different relationship. Is there a shortage of decent men in New Jersey, because she is the latest story out of the city about teachers being fired and arrested for sexual encounters with students. Even though the setting and circumstances in which Chang taught are unique compared to the average teacher, there’s still a certain level of moral conduct expected when one assumes the role of an educator, in any capacity.

Last June, a New Jersey teacher was fired and arrested after police say she sexually assaulted a female student insider her home. She was charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child after an investigation by authorities. In July, a history teacher at a New Jersey high school was arrested in connection with a series of sexual encounters with a 17-year-old student. Sex isn’t the only thing these morally corrupt teachers are hot for. Last December, a special education teacher from New Jersey was arrested and accused of abusing students at Avenue Elementary School in Elmwood Park. She was charged with two counts of child abuse and assault. Earlier this month, a teacher’s aide in Bayonne, New Jersey was charged with dealing cocaine out of her home, within 1,000 feet of an elementary school, police said.

A New Jersey Corrections Department spokesman said Chang can appeal her firing. She landed her job at the prison through connections her father built as a retired corrections officer. As The Trentonian notes, she was hired in February 2007 and made $72,792 a year to teach inmates. Joshua Markowitz, Chang’s attorney, said his client had no control over Walker at the state prison. He refused to comment further because of the lack of evidence he has received to review the case fully. During a hearing last Thursday, a judge reduced her bail from $75,000 to $50,000.

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