NEW JERSEY ‘TEACHER OF THE YEAR’ ARRESTED FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT; ERICA DEPALO ‘ECCENTRIC,’ STUDENT SAYS
Erica DePalo, a 33 year old former Teacher of the Year is accused of sexual abuse with a 15year old boy in her English class. She was described as a loving role model and prone toinappropriate, sometimes flirtatious behavior, according to her former students. Anotherstudent said she was definitely an eccentric person, but also really nice. DePalo wassuspended indefinitely from the school district and is charged with first degree aggravated sexualassault, second degree sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Bail was set at$100,000.