bill-swift - September 5, 2012
A year ago, New Jersey teacher Erica DePalo won Essex County's 'Teacher of the year' award and now you can see why. The 33-year old high school educator was caught having a fling with a 15-year old student. While it hasn't been made public yet how the summer-long affair was discovered by police (despite the student's mom's bumper sticker that read: Proud Parent of an Essex County Honor Student Having Sex With His Teacher), DePalo is being charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault, second-degree sexual assaut and endagering the welfare of a child.
She is also being charged, by us, as the newest recipient of our After School Special Awards for the worst in attractive predatory teachers who sleep with their students. Congrats Erica, looks like your mantle is getting crowded with all the medals and plaques these days. Check out the gallery below to see her fellow inmates winners.