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Freehold, NJ - Freehold Borough School District Responds As Allegations Reported of Student Sexually Assaulted by Special Ed Teacher, Allison Havemann-Niedrach

Freehold, NJ - Freehold Borough School District Responds As Allegations Reported of Student Sexually Assaulted by Special Ed Teacher, Allison Havemann-Niedrach
Published: July 8, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on July 8, 2024

NJ Special Education Teacher Charged with Sexually Assaulting Student

A New Jersey special education teacher has been accused of sexually abusing one of her students, according to the New York Post. Allison Havemann-Niedrach, a 43-year-old teacher at Freehold Intermediate School located at 280 Park Ave, Freehold, NJ 07728, has been charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault and second-degree child welfare endangerment, according to Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond Santiago.

The investigation, conducted by the MCPO Special Victims Bureau and Freehold Police Department, revealed that Havemann-Niedrach allegedly began sexually abusing her student earlier this year. However, the authorities have not disclosed details about the frequency of the assaults or how the abuse came to light.

Havemann-Niedrach, a resident of Jackson, New Jersey, has worked for the Freehold Borough School District since 2022. In a letter to staff and parents, Asia Michael, the schools superintendent, acknowledged the arrest of a "former staff member" and described the news as "distressing."

The accused teacher is currently being held at the Monmouth County Jail, pending her initial court appearance and a hearing to determine if she will remain in custody while awaiting trial. Her lawyer, Thomas Huth, has stated that Havemann-Niedrach "maintains her innocence at this time."

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Holding Sexual Abusers and Negligent Schools Accountable

When a trusted educator is accused of sexually assaulting a student, the ramifications can be devastating for the victim and their family. In the wake of the shocking allegations against a New Jersey special education teacher, we sat down with Stewart Ryan, an experienced child sex abuse lawyer, to understand the legal options and recourse available to those impacted by such abhorrent acts.

Editor Darla Medina (DM): Mr. Ryan, thank you for joining us today. As a child sex abuse attorney, what are the key legal rights and remedies available to the victim and their family in a case like this?

Attorney Stewart Ryan (SR): Well, Darla, in a situation where a special education teacher has been accused of sexually abusing a student, there are several important legal options that the victim and their family should be aware of.

First and foremost, the victim has the right to file criminal charges against the teacher for the acts of sexual assault. This can result in the perpetrator facing serious prison time and other criminal penalties. Additionally, the victim may be able to pursue a civil lawsuit against not only the teacher, but also the school district for failing to properly vet, train and supervise the employee.

Schools have a duty of care to protect the students entrusted to them, and if they are found to have been negligent in that duty, they can be held financially liable for the harm caused. This can provide the victim and their family with compensation to cover medical expenses, therapy, and other damages.

It's also critical that the school district conduct a thorough investigation into how this abuse was able to occur under their watch. They should be held accountable for any systemic failures that allowed a predator access to vulnerable students.

DM: That's very helpful context. What advice would you give to victims and their families in terms of navigating the legal system and protecting their rights in a case like this?

SR: The most important thing I would stress is for the victim and their family to seek experienced legal counsel as soon as possible. Child sex abuse cases are highly complex, and having an attorney who specializes in this area is crucial.

They need to be aware of all the deadlines, procedures and nuances of both the criminal and civil justice systems. An attorney can help ensure critical evidence is preserved, file the appropriate legal actions, and fight tirelessly to get the victim the justice and compensation they deserve.

I would also advise the family to be proactive in documenting everything, seeking appropriate medical and psychological care, and not hesitating to speak up if they have any concerns about how the authorities or the school district are handling the case. Their voice and advocacy can make a big difference.

Ultimately, the goal should be to hold all responsible parties accountable, while also securing the resources the victim needs to heal and move forward with their life. It's a long and difficult process, but with the right legal team in their corner, justice can be served.

DM: Thank you for taking the time to share your expertise on this very serious and disturbing issue.

SR: You're very welcome, Darla. Cases like this are always heartbreaking, but I'm hopeful that by raising awareness of the legal options available, we can empower victims and families to seek the justice and support they deserve.

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For victims of sexual abuse by educators and their families, the path forward can seem daunting and uncertain. However, there are proven legal avenues to pursue accountability, compensation, and the resources needed for healing and recovery.

If you or a loved one have been the victim of sexual abuse by a teacher or other school employee, we urge you to reach out today for a free, confidential consultation. Our team of compassionate child sex abuse attorneys is committed to fighting tirelessly to ensure your rights are protected and you receive the justice you deserve. With our guidance, you can take the first steps towards reclaiming your power and moving forward with your life.


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