School librarian Kimberly Pinkham, 38, is accused of misconduct over an alleged relationship with a boy, 14, who she called her ‘hot boyfriend’ in text messages.
Pinkham, who worked as a library/media specialist at Kingsway Regional School District, was indicted on charges of endangering and official misconduct while working as a as a library/media specialist.
“It was noted that she and a student were spending a lot of time with each other outside of school,” Assistant Prosecutor Elizabeth Tornese told Superior Court Judge Robert P. Becker Jr. “Ultimately, in one incident, they were found in the media room together with the lights off laying on the floor looking at each other.”
Additional investigation revealed sexually explicit messages between the pair and evidence of inappropriate sexual conduct with the student both during school hours and after.
“An investigation revealed text messages between the two that indicated that there was an inappropriate, possibly sexual relationship,” Tornese said.
Prosecutors claim she had pictures of the student on her desk.
Pinkham faces a second-degree charge of official misconduct and third-degree charge of sexual conduct with a child.
Officials at the school reported the matter to police and the librarian was suspended from her job in February.
She was employed by the district since 2006 and later resigned from her role in June this year.
Pinkham is free from jail until her trial and her next court hearing is set to take place on November 12.
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