PLAINFIELD — A Plainfield High School teacher was arrested last week after an investigation revealed that she allegedly engaged in a criminal sexual relationship with student at the school, Union County Prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow and Plainfield Police Division Director Martin Hellwig announced.
The teacher, Jennalin M. Garcia-Calle, 28, of Piscataway, was charged with second degree sexual assault and fourth degree child abuse. The investigation revealed that the teacher allegedly began the relationship with the student in December 2012. Authorities were notified after the victim told a family member about the alleged relationship.
Garcia-Calle was arrested in Davie, Florida by members of the US Marshal Service. She was being held in the Broward County Jail in Florida on $200,000 and she was expected to extradited to New Jersey.
Upon learning of the charges, the Plainfield Board of Education placed Garcia-Calle on an administrative suspension pending the outcome of the criminal investigation. This remains an active investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office and Plainfield Police Division. Authorities are asking anyone with information to contact Det. Patricia Gusmano at 1-908-527-4589.
These criminal charges are mere accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.