A 25 year old high school technology teacher was arrested and charged with engaging in a sexual relationship with a student, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Friday.
Linden resident Theresa Hrindo, 25, a teacher at Roselle Catholic High School, is charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault, two counts of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and one count of third-degree hindering apprehension.
A three-week investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit was initiated by a referral from the Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, which holds jurisdiction over Roselle Catholic, according to Unit Supervisor and Assistant Prosecutor Caroline Lawlor, who is prosecuting the case.
The investigation revealed that Hrindo engaged in sexual acts with the student at various times and locations in Union County from December 2016 through February 2017, Lawlor said.
Hrindo is charged with hindering because she also allegedly deleted incriminating images and files from the involved student’s phone, Lawlor explained.
Hrindo was arrested without incident at her home Thursday afternoon and lodged in Union County Jail pending a first appearance.
Anyone with additional information about Hrindo’s activities is being urged to contact Prosecutor’s Office Detective Brian O’Malley at 908-220-4323.
The Prosecutor’s Office thanked the Archdiocese of Newark for cooperating with this investigation
Jim Goodness, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said Hrindo was suspended when her supervisors learned about the allegations a few weeks ago. The school alerted staff to the allegations and are in the process of advising parents.
“This is certainly something we’re very concerned about, and we don’t accept this kind of behavior or action,” Goodness said. “It’s very clearly against all school and diocesan policies, and plus, it’s against the law.”
Convictions on second-degree crimes are commonly punishable by terms of 5 to 10 years in state prison.
These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
Roselle Catholic is a coeducational, Roman Catholic high school, located in Roselle, that operates as part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark. As of the 2013-14 school year, the school had an enrollment of 401 students and 27 classroom teachers.
During the defendant’s first appearance in state Superior Court in Union County, her lawyer Michael G. Brucki, told Judge Brenda Coppola Cuba, “This whole process for my client, her family and everyone involved is, quite frankly, traumatic.”
The judge agreed to release the 25-year-old teacher with the conditions that she have no contact with the student and that she cannot teach or supervise children.
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