Lodi Mayor's daughter, a schoolteacher in New Jersey, arrested for sexual contact with a minor student
Stephanie Carafa, 32, faces charges of aggravated criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child after an investigation by the Lodi Police Department.
The daughter of Lodi Mayor Emile Carafa, who is a schoolteacher in New Jersey, allegedly sent explicit pictures and videos to a student under the age of 16, leading to her arrest.
Thirty two-year-old Stephanie A. Carafa was arrested on Saturday after an investigation found that she had sexual contact and shared explicit pictures with a student of Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Lodi, where she taught. She now faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child as well as aggravated criminal sexual contact, Daily Mail reports.
An investigation into the case lead by the Lodi Police Department and the Prosecutor's Office was launched after Carafa's arrest. She worked at the Bergen County school since 2012. She taught socials studies at the school, according to her RateMyTeacher page.
Stephanie is the daughter of incumbent Lodi Mayor Emil Carafa, the same township where his daughter taught and where he was re-elected in 2017.
Speaking to NorthJersey.com, Mayor Carafa said his daughter is the "love of my life, as is my family."
"There is a process in this country, and that process is the court of law. I know that people in their human nature are inquisitive, and I understand that. I respect their inquisitiveness, but my main concern right now is my daughter," he said.
NorthJersey.com also reached Mike Nardino, a Board of Education trustee and cousin of Stephanie Carafa, who said he could not comment as it is a personal matter. He referred questions to the Prosecutor’s Office.
According to state pension records, Carafa was hired in 2012 and earns $49,281 a year. As of now, she is scheduled for a detention hearing on Friday at 9 am.