A former elementary school teacher and high school track coach from Bloomfield, New Jersey, has been in jail since March when he was arrested on charges of endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated sexual assault. As often happens in sexual abuse cases, news of the charges spread and other alleged victims stepped forward with similar claims.

According to court documents filed in Morris County, two students are now alleging that their former first-grade teacher asked each of them, on separate occasions, to sit on his lap during the 2006-2007 school year.

Their respective affidavits state that when each child complied with the teacher’s request, he touched them inappropriately. One of the two students also claims the teacher had her touch him inappropriately and says she witnessed the teacher engage in sexual acts with another child he had detained after class as well.

A third alleged victim also stepped forward recently claiming that when she was 14, in the mid-’90s, she had a sexual relationship with the man, who was her high school’s track coach at that time.

These latest accusations prompted Morris County prosecutors to file several additional charges last week, including two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child less than 13 years of age, two counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, one count of first-degree aggravated sexual assault and one count of second-degree sexual assault.

Whether any of these allegations turn out to be legitimate, the story itself highlights just how quickly things can spiral out of control for individuals who are charged with sex crimes, as well as the importance of speaking to an experienced criminal defense attorney about those charges as soon as possible.

Source: Bloomfield Patch, “Two More Students Accuse Ex-Teacher of Sex Abuse,” Mike Pignataro, June 3, 2012