Gym teacher allegedly sexually assaulted her student for over 4 years

A PE teacher has been arrested after a former student detailed their years-long sexual relationship.

Former Bridgewater-Raritan High School teacher Lydia Pinto, 38, of New Jersey, USA, was charged on November 8 with first-degree aggravated sexual assault and two counts of second-degree sexual assault.

Police say she was arrested without incident.

The Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation into Pinto’s conduct on Oct. 16 after the Bridgewater Police Department received an anonymous email detailing Pinto’s alleged relationship with the student.

Pinto coached field hockey and girls’ lacrosse at the school and taught driver’s education according to a Facebook post on the school’s page.

The victim, now an adult, was identified and interviewed by detectives from the office’s sexual crimes and child abuse unit on Oct. 26, Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald wrote in a Nov. 17 news release.

“The victim reported having had a relationship with former teacher Lydia Pinto,” the statement said.

“The victim further reported that the relationship became sexual when the victim was between the ages of 14 and 15 and continued until the victim’s senior year of high school.”

All of the sexual activity occurred in the Raritan neighborhood, the prosecutor said.

Following her arrest, Pinto was booked into the Somerset County Jail, but seven days later, on November 15, she was released pending her next court appearance.


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