Feb. 17, 2015
Maplewood Teacher Indicted for Sexually Assaulting 6 Boys
Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray announced today that an Essex County Grand Jury has indicted Maplewood school teacher Nicole DuFault, 35, of Caldwell on 40 counts of aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child for engaging in sex acts with six male victims.
On Sept. 17, 2014, DuFault, a Columbia High School teacher, was arrested and charged with engaging in sex acts with five male students. By the time the case was presented to the grand jury, a sixth victim was identified. All of the boys were between 14 and 15 years old at the time of the incidents.
The indictment accuses DuFault of engaging in sexual activity with all six boys on multiple occasions between 2013 and 2014, according to Assistant Prosecutor Gina Iosim, who is handling the case. Some of the sex acts occurred on school property and in her car.
DuFault has been a language arts teacher at Columbia High School for nine years. The divorced mother of two young sons is originally from Bloomfield. Prior to coming to Columbia High School she taught at several other public schools in Passaic and Bergen counties.
DuFault remains free on $500,000 bail. She is scheduled to appear in court on March 6, at 9 am before the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, Judge of the Superior Court.
These are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they enter a guilty plea or are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.