A 27-year-old Newark, N.J., English teacher has been arrested and charged with aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child in an allegedly ongoing sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student.
Elyse Cromwell is accused of having sex with the boy on multiple occasions over last summer in Jersey City, Hudson County Assistant Prosecutor Gene Rubino told the New Jersey Star-Ledger.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by the Jersey Journal, Cromwell "performed prohibited sexual acts" on the male student, who is now 15, "while acting in the position of said victim’s homeroom and English teacher."
Cromwell teaches at the Newark Early College High School, a preparatory school that allows students to earn college credit while in high school. A school district spokeswoman told the Star-Ledger that Cromwell has been suspended pending an investigation.
On her public Facebook profile, Cromwell has written that her position enabled her to teach English to the same group of students from grades six to twelve. Her profile displays a positive attitude toward her position and other staff members. "I cannot emphasize it enough -- I LOVE MY JOB!" she also wrote.
The teacher's bail was set at $300,000 cash or bond, with a condition that Cromwell must have no contact with anyone under the age of 18.
Earlier this week, a Georgia math teacher was arrested and is accused of having sex with seven high school students.
In December 2012, a Texas high school teacher was arrested after her alleged ongoing affair with an underage student came to light.