Christine Knudsen: NJ teacher accused of sexually assaulting and drugging student

The New Jersey teacher was charged with second-degree sexual assault against a victim between the ages of 16 and 17, online jail records show


                            Christine Knudsen: NJ teacher accused of sexually assaulting and drugging student
New Jersey teacher Christine Knudsen arrested for drugging student (Bergen County Prosecutor's Office)

FAIR LAWN, NEW JERSEY: A New Jersey high school teacher has been accused of allegedly sexually abusing one of her students and later dosing them with “controlled dangerous substances” three years ago. Christine Knudsen, a 44-year-old graphics arts teacher at Fair Lawn High School, has been accused of second-degree sexual assault by a supervisor of a person under age 16, plus two counts of second-degree endangering by a caretaker.

The Institutional Abuse Investigation Unit of the state’s Department of Children and Family learned Knudsen allegedly engaged in sexual activity with a student at her school. She is also accused of “providing and ingesting controlled dangerous substances” with the student. 

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We had earlier reported a similar incident where a 29-year-old teacher Christina Sosbe was charged for having sex with two teenage boys. Sosbe is facing a jail term of 54 months. MEAWW also reported another incident where a Wisconsin teacher Abby Dibbs was charged for having sex with a 17-year-old boy, who was allegedly in love with her. After Dibbs's hearing, $3,500 bail was posted and she was released from jail. If she is convicted, Dibbs can face up to 12 years in prison and $20,000 for both charges.

In Knudsen's case, the minor victim’s age and gender have not been revealed, although the charge does indicate that they were under 16. Superintendent Nicholas J Norcia stated in an email to parents that “a current Fair Lawn High School teacher was arrested and charged with allegations of inappropriate contact with a former student.” Norcia added that the incident allegedly happened “several years ago.”

“We do not understand there to be any allegations of current misconduct, and law enforcement has made clear that it does not consider any current students at risk of harm, in any way,” Norcia said. “As with all matters involving law enforcement, our school district has and will continue to fully cooperate.” Knudsen is being held at the Bergen County Jail pending a pre-trial hearing. The Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office is handling the investigation.