Robert Ingenito, right, a teacher at Cliffside Park High School, pleaded guilty on to sexual assault and child endangerment charges stemming from an affair he allegedly conducted with a female student.
PALISADES PARK - A 27-year-old Cliffside Park High School
teacher pleaded not guilty Thursday to sexual assault and child endangerment charges stemming from an affair he
allegedly conducted with a female student 10 years his
was arrested Oct. 26 after voluntarily submitting to questioning by the Bergen County
Prosecutor's Office, and was freed the following Monday on $200,000 bail.
Prosecutors interviewed the 17-year-old student before charging Ingenito
with having an ongoing sexual relationship with her
over the course of seven months.He
allegedly used his
Palisades Park apartment for the liaisons, and was arraigned in the borough's municipal court.
...Ingenito, an English teacher and adviser to student academic and philosophy clubs, has been employed at the high school since 2003.He
has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of the case.
The age of consent in New Jersey is 16, but there are prohibitions on teacher-student relationships that carry criminal charges if violated.The charges against Ingenito
, both second-degree felonies, carry a maximum possible sentence of 10 years each upon conviction.