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Toms River Teacher Charged with Sexual Contact with Student

Bail set at $300,000 for 31-year-old Barnegat woman.

A 31-year-old Barnegat woman - who is a teacher in the Toms River Regional school system - has been charged with criminal sexual contact against a student, according to a press release.

Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said in the press release that Erin T. Haskell, who teaches at Intermediate South in Beachwood, has been charged with having an inappropriate relationship with one of her students, a minor. Due to the student's age, the Prosecutor's Office did not disclose any other information about the student.

Haskell has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and exhibiting obscene material to a minor. 

Toms River Regional School authorities have been informed of the charges, according to the Prosecutor's Office. 

Toms River Regional Schools Superintendent Frank Roselli said the district took action at the November executive meeting of the school board on the matter of Haskell's employment in the district. She is not teaching in the district while the investigation is underway, he said.

“We are aware of the allegations made regarding one of our teachers who taught at Intermediate South. The Board is aware of the allegations and took action at our last Board meeting on Nov. 20 assuring that said teacher would not be allowed to resume her teaching position pending the completion of the investigation by the Prosecutors Office," Roselli said in a prepared statement. "At this point in time we do not want to make any comments that might compromise the ongoing investigation."

According to the Prosecutor's Office, Haskell is expected to surrender herself to authorities. 

Haskell's attorney, Bradley Billhimer told Patch: "we are aware of the charges against Ms. Haskell, and we're making arrangements for her surrender in the near future."

Bail has been set at $300,000 with no ten percent option by Superior Court Judge Rochelle Gizinski. The provisions of “Nicole’s Law” apply, and Haskell is restrained from having any contact with the victim. 

The investigation is being conducted by Detective Melissa Matthews of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and Detective Sergeant Glen DeMarco of the Beachwood Police Department. Anyone with any information regarding this investigation is asked to call Det. Matthews at 732-929-2027, or Det. Sgt. DeMarco at 732-286-6000 Ext. 100.

The arrest followed an investigation by law enforcement officers from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the Beachwood and Barnegat Police Departments and the Ocean County Sheriff’s Department.

Ken November 28, 2012 at 03:58 PM
This is a sad story. I know both parties involved and I feel badly for all the people in both families. This is about the ruination of people's lives and it grieves me greatly.
DaveL November 28, 2012 at 04:12 PM
Once again, thanks to the Ritacco-era patronage system- the best qualified teachers DO NOT get the jobs.
grace November 28, 2012 at 04:17 PM
who hired her?
chtulu2000 November 28, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Jenny! Why does that matter? Do you think that she put on her esume...professional goals...to have sex with students. The bottom line is she was, by all accounts previous, a great educational instructor. She would have met all the criteria for hiring in any District and would have met the qualifications for any hiring policy. She obviously had some sickness in her to do this.
Ajv November 28, 2012 at 04:50 PM
Is she hot? I wanna go back to school oh yeah !!!
Project Bluebeam November 28, 2012 at 05:02 PM
Get the facts "strait"? How about getting your spelling "straight"? 47 percenter.
JD November 28, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Toms River does NOT put floride in the water.. therefore, more work for dentists..
DaveL November 28, 2012 at 05:34 PM
Most likely the corrupt principals and/or department supervisors who only hire their favorites.
Fedup November 28, 2012 at 07:39 PM
We had a female teacher at North, back in the late eighties, who took the virginity of a lot of guys. I never partook, she was a little, ok a lot, on the ugly side. But, plenty of my friends slept with her, it was almost like an honor for them.
Sandra November 28, 2012 at 07:44 PM
She did not get off FB fast enough though. She is linked up to a photographer or two...one that has a picture of a little boy about four years old soft focused naked in the woods. I guess you would call it art but hopefully the authorities check out all her contacts. Birds of a feather flock together as they say.
ALFRED E NEWMAN November 28, 2012 at 08:07 PM
WHERE WERE THOSE KINDA TEACHERS WHEN I WAS IN SCHOOL....WOW !!
Donna Griffin November 28, 2012 at 09:28 PM
So it's the lack of a POLICY that enabled something like this to happen?!?! Please know that I am not going to jump on the bandwagon to burn this gal at the stake until all the facts are in. However, in cases of involving proven abuse, I find it hard to fathom that someone with a mind that could sexually prey on a child would be deterred by a "policy" in some employee handbook.
Seriously? November 28, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Back in my day in grammar school (several decades ago - yes folks, the Stone Age, haha), some 12 and 13 year old students had matured so early they looked like freshmen in college. 8th graders were carrying around condoms and shaving their beards. We actually had one or two students who were 16 years of age in 8th grade who were there because they had been left back many times in grade school -- either because they belonged in special ed and fell through the cracks or their parents were too lazy to make sure they went to school and lost many days to truancy. In this current case, which was it -- a Mary Kay LeTourneau-type who got involved with a post-pubescent teenage boy, or something even sicker than that?
Johnjcpa November 28, 2012 at 10:05 PM
You really think having a policy would actually have changed what's been alleged.
Tired of the status quo November 28, 2012 at 10:22 PM
There was a teacher who taught in the system back in the 1970's who was foundhave fondled girls who were in elementary school. He was then moved on to High School South where again he was found to be doing the samething, Well, he was told be the "power to be" at the time to turn in his teaching certificate and move out of state and NEVER try to obtain a NJ teaching cert again and this would be swept "under the carpet" like it never happend. Well, this person did move out of state and he went on to teach in the State of Pennsylvania!
Ajv November 28, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Is she hot? Oh yeh!!
Judy Troast November 29, 2012 at 12:17 AM
Wow, I find some of comments crazy, this is very sad for all involed. Mostly I feel bad for the families that have been effected by this. If you want to know why they did not have teachers like this when you went school maybe you should think how you might feel if it really was your child or daughter who may or may not of done this. I to know the parents of the teacher & my heart goes out to them. God help all involed.
ed crowley November 29, 2012 at 01:19 AM
Where does the article state the sex of the victim.
ed crowley November 29, 2012 at 01:24 AM
Where does the article state the sex of the victim?
Harry November 29, 2012 at 02:28 AM
I keep on read news about educators with really bad behaviors. What is wrong with these educators? To many abuse their power in different ways including crossing the line of being perverts. The professionalism is little to be desire. In fact I have seen the exact opposite. I find to many act unprofessional in the school system. The main reason why they need to get rid of tenured. It needs to go. Christie did nothing. Making it 4 years and his plan is a joke. Not only does this have to stop so does everything else that goes on that shouldn't. All Teacher positions should go through what the police go through when hired. Drug Testing and a Psychology Testing every few years. There is a lot of waste and the Administrators are no better, they know what is going on and if they claim they don't then they should lose their jobs too. They should go through the same rigorous check and everything should be applied to them as well. I do apologize for those teachers and administrators are doing what is right.
Ajv November 29, 2012 at 02:56 AM
Is this babe hot or what?
JD November 29, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Donna, I'd have to disagree... TRRS "enables" such behavior... no different than Sandusky and PSU... The Admin... from Super on down... know teachers freind students on facebook and do nothing about it... The Admin knows... teachers text students... and do nothing about it.. why... no policy... etc etc... that is "enabling"... policys allow admin to dismiss the teacher or employee who violate policy regardless of tenure. and to quote McKenna who is assistant super of Intermediate... she was more concerned about the teachers 1st amendment rights and concerned if the teachers union would go along with it... yep, my conversation with her discussing this 2 years ago. You just can't make this stuff up.
Sandra November 29, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Waters strikes again
Sandra November 29, 2012 at 03:23 AM
I would like to know the age of the underage child. And the supposed act that would prompt the arrest. Seems to me that the kid will never be able to attend any Toms River School system again. My sympathy for the parents as well as this will haunt them forever.
Seriously? November 29, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Another post from someone who knows the parents of the teacher. Does that mean that her parents are employed by the school district (which wouldn't surprise me in the least)?
mike hill November 29, 2012 at 07:31 AM
hey fedup was that teachers initials LH ?
Harry November 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM
"keep reading" One last thing..The students should come first and they always are last.
Hot for teacher November 29, 2012 at 10:36 AM
How about a picture of the accused? I would like to see a picture of the teacher before I pass judgement ha ha ha
Margie November 29, 2012 at 11:05 AM
Schools today ae crazy. I have a son in manchester high and his teacher is 23, wtf... This story is so close to home that its scary
You can get help for that November 29, 2012 at 02:02 PM
JD how long have you been having imaginary conversations with people who wouldn't give you the time of day? Wow...that explains why you think you know so much

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