A 23-year-old Sussex County student teacher has been charged with having sexual relations with a middle school student, authorities said.
, a student at Centenary College in Hackettstown, allegedly had the week-long relationship with the juvenile boy starting on March 21 and ending Saturday.
Massaro, a student teacher at the Frankford Elementary School in Frankford, "committed acts of sexual penetration and sexual contact with the intimate parts of a minor male
," according to a news release issued by prosecutor's office.
Superintendent Braden Hirsch said Massaro taught all subjects in the school's eighth-grade while she was working toward getting her state teaching certificate in special education. Hirsch sent a letter to parents on Tuesday informing them on Massaro's arrest and stating that school counselors and a psychologist would be available to students.
According to a letter, "additional information will be shared as the situation permits
Massaro was arrested Monday but Hirsch declined to comment on whether she was arrested at the school.
She was charged with second-degree sexual assault, third-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact
, the county prosecutor's office said. The most serious charge, second-degree sexual assault, is punishable by up to 10 years in prison
She was released from the county jail Tuesday after posting $75,000 bail.
As part of her release, Massaro was ordered to have no unsupervised contact with minors under the age of 16, stay away from the school, have no contact with the alleged victim's family and to undergo a psychological evaluation.
Massaro served as a sixth-grade student teacher one day a week at the Great Meadows Middle School in Independence Township during the spring of 2008, according to school board minutes. She is scheduled to appear for a pre-indictment conference before Superior Court Judge N. Peter Conforti on May 4. Her attorney, James Porfido, was not immediately available for comment.
The Frankford Elementary School is a K-8 school on Pines Road with an enrollment of about 687 students.