NJ high school teacher aide, band director accused of sex with student
⬛ NJ teacher aide accused of sex crimes involving male student
⬛ The 27-year-old woman also was a high school band director
⬛ The student says there were encounters at her house over a 2-year span
RIVERSIDE — A 27-year-old teacher’s aide has been accused of sexually assaulting a high school student multiple times over a two-year span starting when he was a freshman.
Michelle Jacoby, of Riverside, was arrested on Tuesday, according to Burlington County Prosecutor LaChia Bradshaw.
The Riverside High School educator was charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
She was released Wednesday, following an appearance in Burlington County Superior Court.
Riverside Superintendent Michael Adams said that Jacoby, who also serves as the Riverside High School marching band director, has been suspended.
The investigation began after the student disclosed the relationship to a teacher - and the BCPO Special Victims Unit was contacted.
Investigators found the relationship, which has since ended, involved multiple encounters — most of them at Jacoby’s home — over a two-year period beginning when the student was a freshman.
The current age of the student and other details were withheld by police out of privacy concerns.
“The safety of our students and staff is absolutely paramount,” Adams said in a written statement to the school community. “Therefore, I want to assure you that based on the information shared with me regarding this specific allegation from a few years ago, there is no current safety concern for our staff or students.”
Back in March, the Riverside Township Board of Education approved an unpaid leave of
absence request from Jacoby for March 10 through April 21, according to board minutes.