Lauren Mitchell a married 33 year old second grade teacher at Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School in Jersey City, New Jersey, is alleged to have performed oral sex on a 15 year old female school minor at her family home.
The pair’s suspected illicit relationship was uncovered when fellow faculty members noticed ‘inappropriate interactions’ between the married woman and the alleged victim during a class trip.
Authorities were alerted and Mitchell subsequently arrested.
The teacher in turn was charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child noted Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli.
Mitchell is being held in Bergen County Jail on $150,000 bond and will be forced to stay away from the victim.
She is set to be arraigned on July 7.
A statement by the Bergen County Sheriff’s Office read: ‘The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit under the direction of Chief Carmen Martino and the Lyndhurst Police Department under the direction of Chief James B. O’Connor.
‘On June 19, 2015, members of the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Lyndhurst Police Department arrested Lauren H. MItchell after learning that she engaged in inappropriate sexual activity on at least one occasion with a 15-year old female student who attends the Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School in Jersey City where Ms. Mitchell is employed as a second grade teacher.
‘The inappropriate sexual activity is believed to have occurred at Ms Mitchell’s residence in Lyndhurst.
‘Several teachers at the Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School observed what they believed was inappropriate interactions between the victim and Ms Micthell on a class trip and reported their observations to school authorities.’
At present it is not understood why Mitchell sexually preyed on the minor?