Authorities say a Catholic high school teacher is facing charges after she was accused of carrying on an illicit sexual relationship with a student, the Union County Prosecutor's Office said on Friday.
Theresa Hrindo, 25, a part-time graphic design teacher at Roselle Catholic High School was arrested on Thursday afternoon and charged with sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child and hindering apprehension after deleting “incriminating images and files” from the student's phone.
Hrindo, who graduated from that same school in 2010 and from Kean University in 2014, allegedly engaged in sexual acts with the student several times from December 2016 through February 2017, prosecutors said.
School officials say an investigation began earlier this month after a referral from the Archdiocese of Newark. The Archdiocese of Newark, who oversees the school brought the matter to the attention of law enforcement.
In a letter sent home to parents, archdiocese spokesperson Thomas Berrios said the school immediately suspended Hrindo from her position.
"When we became aware of the allegation we reported it immediately to the prosecutor's office, and the school and the archdiocese have been cooperating with the prosecutors throughout the last couple of weeks," the spokesman said.
The matter was brought to the attention of law enforcement by the Catholic Archdiocese of Newark.
In a letter sent home to parents, archdiocese spokesperson Thomas Berrios said the school immediately suspended Hrindo from her position and is fully cooperating with law enforcement.
“We take most seriously our responsibility to provide a safe environment at Roselle Catholic for the young men and women you place in our care, and we believe that the actions we have taken are measured and appropriate at this time,” the letter read in part.
In court, the judge released Hrindo on two conditions: no contact with the student and no returning to the classroom.
Anyone with additional information about the case is asked to call Union County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Brian O’Malley at 908-220-4323.
The most serious charge against Hrindo carries a term of up to 10 years in prison, prosecutors said.
Hrindo (pictured during her arraignment Friday) was arrested on Thursday afternoon and now faces charges of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child
Authorities believe the teacher (pictured in court on Friday) had sex several times with the student between December 2016 and February this year
The Archdiocese of Newark, who oversees Roselle Catholic High School (file picture), got in touch with authorities about the case, prompting an investigation and the teacher's arrest
Theresa Hrindo (pictured), 25, is accused of carrying on a sexual relationship with a high school student