Jessica Gaeckle: Pleasantville High School, NJ teacher has sex with student- demands teen destroy evidence upon learning of launched investigation.
A South NJ teacher has been arrested after allegedly having sex with a an 18 year old student and attempting to cover up the illicit tryst.
Jessica R. Gaeckle, 30 of Galloway Township was arrested Friday for having sex with the teen on at least two occasions Press of Atlantic City reported.
Gaeckle who is married, teaches English as a second language at Pleasantville High School in New Jersey.
Prosecutors alleged the female educator seeking to cover up the indiscretion after asking the student to destroy evidence upon learning of a criminal investigation being launched.
Gaeckle has since been charged with two counts of second degree official misconduct and one count of third degree hindering apprehension according to WPVI.
Public records show that Gaeckle is an english as a secondary language teacher at the school and earning a salary of $53,941.
Jessica Gaeckle: NJ teacher has illicit tryst in direct contravention to school policy.
Following her arrest, the female educator was processed at the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office and released on a summons, according to a press release.
Though New Jersey’s age of consent is 16, the age becomes 18 when it involves an adult with supervisory authority – in this case, a teacher.
Recently, New Jersey lawmakers attempted to make it a sex crime for teachers to have sex with students who are 18 and 19.
Even if a teacher is not found guilty of a crime or arrested, school districts have their own policies barring inappropriate content or relationships with students and teachers can still be fired or lose their teaching credentials for violating those rules.
Gaeckle’s arrest marked the second recent claim of sexual misconduct by the school’s staff.
In August 2018, the principal of the school Edward Bonek, 48, was arrested at his home.
He was charged with possessing and sharing images of child sexual abuse and pleaded not guilty in November.