North Brunswick School Aide Charged With Sexually Assaulting Girls

NORTH BRUNSWICK — A high school teacher’s aide has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl and a 6-year-old girl on separate occasions, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Kenneth P. McCormick, director of the North Brunswick Police Department, announced today.

Derrick Weeks, 34, of North Brunswick was arrested and charged on May 11 with the aggravated sexual assault and aggravated criminal sexual contact of the 15-year-old girl, and was charged with committing an aggravated sexual assault and a sexual assault upon the 6-year-old girl. He also was charged with endangering the welfare of the 15-year-old and endangering the welfare of the 6-year-old.

Weeks, who is employed as a special education aide at North Brunswick Township High School, was charged following an investigation by Investigator Jeffrey Maroccia and Investigator Andreea Capraru, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, and Detective Seeta Jones of the North Brunswick Police Department.

The victims were not known to Weeks through the North Brunswick schools and the charges do not stem from his duties at the high school, authorities said. He was suspended from his job following his arrest.

During the investigation, it was alleged that Weeks sexually assaulted the 15-year-old girl on numerous occasions between January 2011, and the summer of 2011, and sexually assaulted the 6-year-old girl on April 28, 2012.

The investigation began after the mother of one of the victims contacted police.

Weeks is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick on $300,000 bail set by Superior Court Judge Vincent LeBlon.

Authorities are asking anyone with information on these or similar incidents to call Investigator Maroccia or Investigator Capraru of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732-745-3600, or Detective Jones of the North Brunswick Police Department at 1-732-545-3200.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Weeks are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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