New Jersey high school teacher who sent nude photos, explicit messages to teen student arrested
29-year-old English teacher Michelina Aichele was arrested and charged with second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child over the incident
A 29-year-old Montgomery Township teacher was arrested for endangering the welfare of a child after it was found that she sent explicit photos to a teenage student. Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor, and Montgomery Township Police Captain/Director Thomas Wain announced the arrest of Michelina Aichele, a resident of Capricorn Drive in Hillsborough Township, New Jersey.
According to a news release from the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office, the Montgomery Township Police Department was contacted by the Montgomery Township High School on October 4 regarding sexually explicit communications between a teacher and a male student.
The department opened an investigation into the issue and found that the 17-year-old unnamed victim had received nude photos from Aichele over a time period of several months. He confessed the same to the detectives and provided details pertaining to sexually explicit conversations that the 29-year-old engaged in with him through numerous social media sites and email.
A day later, on October 5, the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit responded to assist the police with the investigation, and Aichele was taken into custody "without incident". She was subsequently charged with second degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
Heavy reported that the 29-year-old had worked at the Montgomery Township High School since 2012 as an English teacher and had described herself as an "experienced educator with a demonstrated history of working well with people".
Attention was first drawn to some of her alleged illicit activities on a Rate My Teachers post made by one of her students. The review read, "Good teacher, but weirdly intimate with some of the guys in my grade. She also brings up sex in class discussions at any chance she can, so that, plus the fact that she’s VERY friendly with the guys can make me uncomfortable in her class." The student also added that there were rumors she "Snapchats and Instagram dms students."
A January 2015 review similarly pointed toward inappropriate behavior. "Great bod!" the student wrote. "Afterschool help is the bomb! ;) ;) She sits really close to you and she doesn't care for commitment which means you have a chance ;)"
After the news of her arrest broke, one student even made it a point to write a review charged with sexual innuendos and double entendres. "Other students told me how easy she was, but when I had her it was really hard," it read. "There [sic] were times I felt as though my head was going to explode, but in the end, it felt great to have a teacher who would literally bend over backward to engage me."
Aichele is currently lodged in the Somerset County Jail, pending a detention hearing.