A New Jersey highschool teacher who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing students is going through three new accusers, who allege she showered them in items, modified their grades and cleared truancy information as a part of a years-long grooming course of, reviews stated.
Nicole Dufault, whose legal professional blamed her actions on mind surgical procedure she not too long ago underwent, and the South Orange-Maplewood School District are going through three new lawsuits from the accusers in Essex County Superior Court, NorthJersey.com reported.
The fits, two of which have been filed earlier this month and one other that was made public Tuesday, define the abuse that sparked the felony probe into Dufault and eventually led to her arrest in 2014 on 40 counts of aggravated sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a kid.
At the time, a video depicting Dufault orally raping a scholar unfold on social media and attorneys for the accusers are blaming the college district for not doing sufficient to stop it from occurring within the first place.
“She was just out of control with her behavior,” John Baldante, the lawyer representing the victims within the new fits, instructed the outlet, including Dufault’s actions have been so blatant, it’s troublesome to grasp how directors didn’t learn about it.
“The question here is, what did the school know directly or what should they have known?”
The former language arts teacher at Columbia High School in Maplewood and divorced mom of two allegedly instructed one sufferer that she’d been sexually abusing her students so long as she labored for the college — 9 years, the new fits allege, in keeping with the outlet.
That former scholar claims he was in eighth grade when he first began listening to a few Columbia teacher who had intercourse with students, helped them lower class and took them out in her automotive for illicit lunches, amongst different favors, information obtained by the outlet present.
He stated Dufault’s reign of abuse began as quickly as he acquired to the college in the summertime of 2013 when he was 14 and attending a program for teenagers with studying disabilities, the go well with claims.
When his freshman yr started that fall, he claims in his go well with Dufault’s abuse rapidly escalated from molestation to rape and he was “hand-picked” to be in her class, the lawsuit alleges.
She quickly began showering him with money and different items, together with a model new pair of high-priced sneakers, which he instructed her was “one of the best gifts he had ever received,” the go well with claims.
“Nicole Dufault then informed [him] what he needed to do for her, saying, ‘I want you to take me right here and now.’”
The teacher then raped the scholar and proceeded to abuse him on greater than 200 events, in keeping with the go well with.
The child additional claims within the go well with that Dufault manipulated the college’s pc system to wipe out truancy information of teenagers who lower class to be along with her and that she modified his grades in courses the place he wasn’t doing properly — strikes Baldante stated ought to’ve set off alarms with directors.
Another sufferer who filed go well with stated the abuse first began in 2011 when he was 14 throughout the identical summer season program for teenagers with studying disabilities and the grooming “escalated” throughout his junior yr when Dufault despatched him specific textual content messages and nude footage, the outlet reported.
The subsequent day, Dufault and the child went to a car parking zone collectively and the teacher orally raped him in her automotive, the go well with states.
The third sufferer repped by Baldante made comparable allegations and stated Dufault raped him at the very least eight or 9 occasions.
Dufault pleaded responsible to felony sexual contact final January. Each sufferer is searching for $50 million in damages.
An legal professional for Dufault declined remark to the outlet. The faculty district additionally declined to talk about pending litigation however famous it had procedures in place to report harassment on the time of the abuse