Posted Wednesday, February 17th, 2016
Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp has announce that Nicole McDonough, 33, of Mount Olive, pleaded guilty to one count of Official Misconduct, a crime of the second degree, and was admitted into the state’s Pre Trial Intervention or PTI program.
In pleading guilty, McDonough admitted that between May and June of 2014, when she was employed as a teacher with the West Morris Mendham High School, she engaged in a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old student who attended West Morris Mendham High School.
McDonough admitted to engaging in sexual encounters with this student on two separate occasions, both of which occurred in Mt. Olive.
She also admitted that she was aware of policies within the West Morris Regional High School District that required teachers to maintain a professional relationship with students and that her conduct violated those policies.
Under the terms of the plea agreement, Defendant agreed to voluntarily relinquish her teaching certificates, to immediately resign her teaching position with the West Morris Regional High School District, and agreed to permanent disqualification from public employment.
Pursuant to the terms of the plea agreement, McDonough was admitted into PTI for a period of three years. Superior Court Judge Stephen J. Taylor, presided over the plea this week in Morristown. Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Schellhorn represented the state.
The Pretrial Intervention Program provides defendants, generally first-time offenders, with opportunities for alternatives to the traditional criminal justice process of prosecution. PTI seeks to render early rehabilitative services, when such services can reasonably be expected to deter future criminal behavior.
Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Mendham Borough Police Department, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigations Section, and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, whose efforts contributed to the investigation and resolution of the matter.
Any inquiries can be directed to Deputy Chief Denise H. Arseneault at [email protected] or (973) 285-6262.