Dr. Lena Edwards Charter School, where a teacher is accused of sexual abuse.
Former Charter School Teacher Sentenced to Prison for Sexually Assaulting Student
A former teacher will spend five years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old student at Dr. Lena Edwards Academic Charter School in Jersey City in 2015.
The teacher, 36-year-old Lauren Mitchell, began exchanging explicit text messages with the victim during the 2014-15 school year. Later that year, the two began engaging in sexual activity. Mitchell admitted to performing a sex act on the victim at least once.
As part of a plea deal, Mitchell pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. This plea deal includes five years in state prison and parole supervision for life, along with mandatory registration as a sex offender under Meghan’s Law. She also must give up her teaching license and is banned from working in the public sphere.
Fellow teachers at the charter school reported inappropriate behavior between the teacher and victim during a class trip to Washington, DC. She was arrested in June 2015 and freed on $150,000 bail. The next month, she appeared in court again for allegedly trying to call and text the victim. The judge added $50,000 to her bail during this appearance, which was posted.
Mitchell will be officially sentenced on August 2.