Nataly Lopez substitute teacher: What led to a New Jersey middle school student sexually assaulting one of her students? Faces 10-20 years jail.
Nataly Lopez a 27 year old Elizabeth, New Jersey middle high school teacher has been arrested after repeatedly having sex with one of her male students.
Upon her arrest, the substitute teacher was taken into custody last week and charged with first degree aggravated sexual assault, second degree sexual assault and third degree endangering the welfare of a child RLS Media reported.
To date police have not disclosed the age of Lopez’ victim. That said in the state of New Jersey, a state handbook prescribes middle high school students ranging in age from 11 to 14.
At the time of her series of indiscretions, Lopez taught classes at Nicholas S LaCorte-Peterstown School No 3 in Elizabeth while employed by a private company called Source4Teachers, which provides substitute teachers to school districts.
Prosecutors Meghan Tomlinson said Lopez engaged in sexual acts with the male victim inside her car on two separate occasions along with the teacher exchanging sexually explicit messages online with her victim.
The Elizabeth Police Department learned of the allegations concerning Lopez last week and on Wednesday contacted the prosecutor’s office, triggering an investigation by the special victims unit, reported NJ.com.
Lopez was arrested at home on Thursday afternoon and taken to Union county Jail to await her initial court appearance.
Elizabeth Schools Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer said the district immediately barred Lopez from entering its facilities upon becoming aware of the allegations.
Lopez was hired by Source4Teachers in 2012 after passing standard background checks, none of which raised any red flags. The suspect has now been banned from working as a substitute teacher for the service pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.
According to MyCentralJersey.com, if convicted of the most serious offense, Lopez could face 10 to 20 years in state prison.
To date police have yet to say what led to the female teacher abusing her position of authority, trust and power and subjugating her male victim….
The woman’s arrest follows the recent arrests of three other highly profile cases below: