A former high school teacher in Raritan Borough, Lydia Pinto, has been arrested and charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault and second-degree sexual assault. The charges stem from allegations that Pinto, 38, engaged in a sexual relationship with a student who was between the ages of 14 and 15 years old at the time. The relationship is said to have continued until the student reached their senior year in high school.
The Somerset County prosecutor’s office acted swiftly upon receiving information regarding the alleged misconduct, leading to Pinto’s arrest on November 8th. The arrest has sent shockwaves through the local community, as residents grapple with the disturbing accusations against a former educator who held a position of trust.
The specific details surrounding the alleged relationship have not been disclosed by the authorities. However, it has been confirmed that the former student, who is now an adult, came forward with the allegations, prompting an investigation by law enforcement.
The charges against Pinto are grave, with a first-degree aggravated sexual assault charge carrying a potential penalty of up to 20 years in state prison. A second-degree sexual assault charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years. These charges underscore the gravity of the alleged offenses and the significance of the legal process in addressing such incidents.