Former high school teacher, is facing five years in New Jersey State Prison at sentencing scheduled for June 8 after admitting improper contact with teenage male students
Nicole DuFault, 40, pled guilty to having sex with SIX male students aged 14 and 15 on school grounds and in her car, sometimes with more than one boy present
DuFault who taught language arts at Columbia High School [photo], in South Orange, NJ, for nine years, initially claimed a brain injury made her ‘powerless’ to stop ‘their advances’
The divorced mother-of-two sons entered a guilty plea on three counts of aggravated criminal sexual contact Wednesday
Jury selection reportedly was underway when the defendant agreed to register as a sex offender, give up her government employment and teaching licenses
She was originally accused of having sex with six male students, ages 14 and 15, from Columbia High School in 2013 and 2014
Per the plea arrangement, DuFault also will be on parole supervision for life
Assistant Prosecutor Eric Plant said: ‘We believe this is an appropriate resolution.’
The Columbia High School teacher was arrested in on September 17, 2014 and charged with multiple counts of aggravated sexual assault relating to multiple students.
Dufault, then 34, was accused of committing the sex acts on school property and in her car.
The divorced mother of two young sons had been a language arts teacher at Columbia High School for nine years. Prior to coming to Columbia High School, she taught at several other public schools in Passaic and Bergen counties, all in New Jersey.
Her contact with the boys was separate, repeated and on at least one occasion, one watched as she performed oral sex on another and filmed it with his cell phone.
As she awaited trial, the parents of her victims filed several lawsuits against her.
In some suits parents demanded up to $1million from her and the school district which they say put their sons at risk by allowing her access to some of the areas on campus where some of the incidents happened during a summer program.