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FRANKLIN, NJ – In a shocking development, a former physical education teacher and coach at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, located at 600 Garretson Rd, Bridgewater, NJ 08807, has been arrested on charges of engaging in a long-term sexual relationship with a former student. The accused, identified as Lydia Pinto, 38, of Newtown, Pennsylvania, now faces serious charges of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and two counts of second-degree sexual assault, according to Somerset County Prosecutor John McDonald.

NJ High School Teacher Arrested For Sexual Assault

Lydia Pinto was taken into custody without incident on November 8, 2023, in Franklin, as confirmed by Prosecutor McDonald. The arrest comes after a thorough investigation conducted by the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit, which was initiated following an anonymous email received by the Bridgewater Police Department on October 16. The email alleged an inappropriate relationship involving a teacher and a former student.

Investigation Details Ongoing Sexual Relationship With Minor

Upon receiving the anonymous email, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office promptly began an investigation. Ten days later, the former student, now an adult, was identified and interviewed by detectives from the Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit and the Raritan Borough Police Department, revealed Prosecutor McDonald.

According to the investigators, the former student disclosed engaging in a relationship with Lydia Pinto that turned sexual when they were between the ages of 14 and 15. The relationship reportedly continued until their senior year of high school. The sexual conduct is said to have taken place in Raritan Borough.

Child Sex Crimes at Bridgewater-Raritan High School

Lydia Pinto had been actively involved in coaching field hockey and girl’s lacrosse at Bridgewater-Raritan High School. Her arrest has sent shockwaves through the school community, leaving many parents and students stunned.

School Superintendent Unavailable for Comment

Bridgewater-Raritan Superintendent of Schools Robert Beers could not be reached for comment regarding the arrest of Lydia Pinto. It remains to be seen how the school district will respond to these disturbing allegations and ensure the safety and well-being of its students.

Legal Consequences for Child Sex Abuse Allegations

If convicted, Lydia Pinto could face severe penalties. The charges of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and second-degree sexual assault carry significant legal consequences. The legal proceedings will shed further light on the case, and the court will determine the appropriate course of action.

As the legal process unfolds, it is crucial for the authorities and the school district to prioritize the safety and support of the students affected by this alleged misconduct. The community will be closely watching how the situation is handled and seeking reassurance that measures are taken to prevent such incidents in the future.

Pursuing Justice Cases of High School Sexual Abuse

In response to the recent arrest of a former high school teacher accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with a student, the issue of holding negligent schools accountable for such misconduct comes to the forefront. In this interview, experienced child sex abuse attorney Brian Kent, Esq., explains how victims and their families can seek justice through civil lawsuits against schools that fail to protect their students. Join us as we look deeper into the legal options available and the importance of ensuring accountability in cases of sexual abuse within educational institutions.

Attorney Laurence Banville (LB): I’m here with Brian Kent, Esq., an experienced child sex abuse attorney based in New Jersey. Welcome, Brian.

Attorney Brian Kent (BK): Thank you, Laurence. I appreciate the opportunity to discuss this crucial issue.

LB: Brian, could you explain to our readers how victims and their families can seek justice through civil lawsuits against negligent schools in cases like these?

BK: Certainly, Laurence. When a school fails to protect its students from sexual abuse or misconduct by its employees, it can be held accountable through civil lawsuits. These lawsuits seek to provide justice for the victims and their families and hold the school responsible for its negligence in preventing such harm.

LB: What are some key factors that determine the viability of a civil lawsuit against a school?

BK: Several factors come into play. First, it’s important to establish that the school has a duty to protect its students from harm, which includes preventing sexual abuse. Second, it must be shown that the school breached that duty through negligence, such as failing to properly screen or supervise its employees. Third, there must be a direct link between the school’s negligence and the harm suffered by the victim.

LB: How can victims and their families gather evidence to support their claims?

BK: Evidence can take many forms, including testimonies from the victim, witnesses, or other individuals who may have knowledge of the abuse. Documentation, such as emails, disciplinary records, or previous complaints, can also be crucial. Additionally, expert witnesses, such as psychologists or medical professionals, may provide insights into the impact of the abuse on the victim’s life.

LB: Are there any time limitations for filing civil lawsuits in these cases?

BK: Time limitations, known as statutes of limitations, vary by state and can be complex. In New Jersey, for example, the statute of limitations for child sex abuse lawsuits was recently expanded. It’s crucial for victims and their families to consult with an experienced attorney to fully understand their rights and the applicable timeframes.

LB: What advice do you have for victims and their families who may be considering pursuing a civil lawsuit against a negligent school?

BK: My advice would be to seek legal counsel from an attorney experienced in handling child sex abuse cases. These cases can be emotionally challenging, and having a knowledgeable advocate by your side can make a significant difference. An attorney can guide you through the legal process, help gather evidence, and fight for your rights and the justice you deserve.

LB: Thank you, Brian, for sharing your insights on this important topic. Victims and their families need to be aware of their options and rights in seeking justice.

BK: It was my pleasure, Laurence. Thank you for addressing this critical issue and providing a platform to discuss the legal avenues available to victims and their families.

School Sexual Abuse Survivors Are Not Alone: Call Today For a Free Consultation

If you or someone you know has been a victim of school-related sexual abuse, it is crucial to take action and seek justice. Our team of experienced school sex abuse attorneys is here to support you every step of the way. We offer free consultations to discuss your case, provide guidance, and explore the legal options available to you. Remember, you are not alone, and together we can work towards holding accountable those responsible for the harm you have endured. Reach out to us today to schedule your confidential consultation.

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