New Jersey Teacher Elyse Cromwell Accused of Sex with 14-Year-Old Student
Another northern New Jersey high school teacher has been arrested and charged with having sex with an underage student.
Less than a week after Plainfield High School teacher Jennalin Garcia-Calle was arrested in Florida on suspicion of having sex with a 16-year-old student in her classroom during school hours, 27-year-old Elyse Cromwell has been booked on charges of having repeated illicit sexual encounters with a 14-year-old boy.
The Newark Star-Ledger reports that Cromwell, a teacher at Early College High School in Newark, has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, child abuse and endangering the welfare of a child. The alleged illicit sex acts took place in Jersey City. Cromwell appeared in a court there to hear the charges against her on Thursday.
Cromwell is accused of having sex with the child on multiple occasions “while acting in the position of said victim’s homeroom and English teacher,” according to court documents.
Hudson County Superior Court Judge Francis Schultz set Cromwell’s bail at $300,000 cash or bond. If she does secure her release, she must stay away from anyone under the age of 18.
Cromwell is the latest in a string of female teachers in 2013 to be arrested and charged with having improper sexual relationships with students.
DaNita Wilson, 32, of Folkston, Georgia was arrested on Tuesday and charged with having sex with seven current or former Charlton County High School students, the youngest of them 15 years old.
Clarice Lee, a 22-year-old teacher’s aide in Tucson, Arizona was arrested earlier this week and charged with having group sex with three Amphitheater High School students while other boys watched and filmed the orgy.
Last week, Tonya Flink, 39, a former teacher at Haltom High School in Haltom, Texas was arrested over allegations she had sex with four students.
Earlier this month, 40-year-old Stephanie Raleen Forbes, also from Texas was charged with having sex with a student from League City High School in League City, Texas.
Kristina Ngum, 43, was arrested in Charlotte, North Carolina and charged with having sex with a male student.
And in Columbia, South Carolina, 34-year-old Kinsley Wentzky was arrested and charged with sexual battery of a 17-year-old male student.