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Freehold, NJ – A 43-year-old special education teacher from Freehold Intermediate School in New Jersey faces serious allegations of sexual misconduct with a student. Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago announced the charges on Saturday.

Special Ed Teacher Arrested for Sexual Assault

Allison Havemann-Niedrach, a Jackson resident, has been charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault and second-degree child welfare endangerment. The arrest came after an investigation by the MCPO Special Victims Bureau and Freehold Police Department.

Details of the Alleged Child Sex Abuse by NJ Teacher

Authorities report that the alleged sexual abuse began earlier this year. However, specific details about the frequency of incidents and how the abuse came to light remain undisclosed.
The student’s age has not been revealed, but Freehold Intermediate School serves grades six through eight.

Freehold School District Response to Sexual Abuse Allegations

Asia Michael, superintendent of the Freehold Borough School District, sent an email to staff and parents on Friday night, informing them about the arrest of a “former staff member”.
The email stated: “We have been informed that a former staff member has been arrested on allegations of third-degree aggravated sexual assault and inappropriate sexual conduct with a minor.”

Legal Proceedings Following Charges of Sexual Abuse of Student

Havemann-Niedrach is currently held at Monmouth County Jail. She awaits her first court appearance and a hearing to determine if she will remain in custody during the trial.
Her lawyer, Thomas Huth, stated that Havemann-Niedrach “maintains her innocence at this time.”

Accused Teacher’s History

Havemann-Niedrach has worked for the Freehold Borough School District since 2022. On her LinkedIn page, she describes herself as a “passionate, results-driven and sincere educator.”
As the investigation continues, authorities urge anyone with additional information to come forward.

Legal Options for Victims Sexually Abused by a Special Education Teacher

In the aftermath of the disturbing allegations against a New Jersey special education teacher, many are left wondering about the legal options available to victims of sexual abuse in educational settings. To address these concerns, we spoke with Stewart Ryan, a seasoned New Jersey child sex abuse lawyer. Ryan offers valuable information on the rights of those who have experienced sexual abuse by educators and explains how to hold responsible parties accountable. This interview aims to provide clarity and guidance for victims, their families, and concerned community members navigating the complex legal landscape surrounding these sensitive cases.

Laurence Banville, Esq.: What legal options are available for victims and their families in cases involving sexual abuse by a special education teacher?

Stewart Ryan, Esq.: In these situations, victims and their families have several legal options. They can press criminal charges against the teacher, which may result in severe penalties, including imprisonment. Additionally, they can file a civil lawsuit against both the teacher and possibly the school district. Schools have a responsibility to protect students, and if they’ve been negligent, they can be held financially accountable for damages, including medical expenses and therapy costs.

Banville: What advice would you offer to victims and their families navigating the legal system in such cases?

Ryan: My primary recommendation is to seek experienced legal counsel promptly. These cases are complex, and having an attorney who specializes in this area is crucial. They can help preserve evidence, file necessary legal actions, and advocate for the victim’s rights and compensation.

Banville: Thank you for sharing.

Ryan: You’re welcome. While these cases are distressing, I hope that by discussing the legal options, we can help victims and families seek the justice and support they need.

Support and Legal Guidance for Victims and Families

The impact of sexual abuse by a trusted educator can be devastating, leaving victims and their families feeling lost and overwhelmed. Remember, you are not alone in this difficult journey. If you or a loved one has experienced sexual abuse by a teacher or any school staff member, it’s important to know that help is available. Our team of experienced attorneys is here to provide compassionate support and expert legal guidance. We offer a free, confidential consultation to discuss your case and explore your options for seeking justice and compensation. Don’t hesitate to reach out – your voice matters, and we are here to listen and help you take the next steps toward healing and accountability.

Source:

https://nypost.com/2024/06/29/us-news/nj-special-ed-teacher-accused-of-sexually-assaulting-student-prosecutor/

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