Theresa Hrindo, a 25-year-old teacher at Roselle Catholic High School, has been charged with having sex with one of her students.
Hrindo, 25, has been charged with two counts of sexual assault, two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and one count of hindering apprehension. She has also been charged with hindering apprehension after she deleted incriminating photos and files from the victim’s phone.
Hrindo, from Linden, New Jersey engaged in sexual acts with the Roselle Catholic High School student. Prosecutors have not disclosed the child’s gender, and will only say that they are 16 or 17 years old. Hrindo carried on a relationship with the student from December 2016 to February 2017.
The teacher, who taught technology at Roselle Catholic High, was arrested at her Linden home. She also graduated from Roselle Catholic High School.
The Archdiocese of Newark, which has jurisdiction over Roselle Catholic, reported the sexual relationship to the prosecutor’s office, leading to a three-week investigation, authorities said.
Jim Goodness, a spokesman for the archdiocese, said Friday that the archdiocese and the school suspended Hrindo when they heard about the alleged sexual acts a few weeks ago. The school alerted staff to the allegations and are in the process of advising parents.
“This is certainly something we’re very concerned about, and we don’t accept this kind of behavior or action,” Goodness said. “It’s very clearly against all school and diocesan policies, and plus, it’s against the law.”
After graduating from Roselle Catholic High, she went on to Kean University, where she graduated in 2014. Hrindo, who the Union County judge banned from having any contact with the student, is due back in court on May 3.
In a letter sent home to parents of Roselle students, spokesman Thomas Berrios said the school 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 said.
The Union County prosecutors office is asking anyone who mave have additional information about Hrindo to call prosecutor’s office Detective Brian O’Malley at 908-220-4323.