A Vineland school social worker has been arrested for allegedly having sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old student several times earlier this year, authorities said today.
Bridgeton resident Stacey L. Johnson, 44, allegedly committed the acts in Vineland on Feb. 1 and on several occasions around May 1 in Bridgeton, Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said in a statement.
Johnson was charged Tuesday with two counts of sexual assault and one count of tampering with a witness. She was lodged in the Cumberland County jail on $100,000 cash bail.
Webb-McRae said in the statement that the Feb. 1 incident occurred while the student was enrolled at Vineland’s SUCCESS school. School district officials said the facility is for students with personal and academic problems. The school at Oak Avenue and Delsea Drive has 23 students, district officials said.
Webb-McRae said in the statement there are “no allegations” that the incidents occurred on Vineland school property. Vineland school district officials have “fully cooperated” with the investigation, she said.
All the alleged assaults occurred while Johnson had “supervisory or disciplinary power over (the victim) by being the victim’s social worker,” the statement reads.
Authorities filed the witness-tampering charge after Johnson allegedly tried to convince the victim not to talk to authorities during their investigation, the statement reads.
School district spokesman John Sbrana said Johnson is suspended with pay from her $79,792 position. Further action by the district will depend on the outcome of the charges filed against Johnson, he said.
Johnson worked for the district since December 1999, Sbrana said. Johnson’s job included counseling, preparing individual education programs for students, classroom intervention, setting up school-to-work programs, and being a liason between school, home and the community, he said.
Sbrana said Johnson wouldn’t have interacted with all the students at the SUCCESS school. The district will send parents and guardians a letter explaining what happened, he said.
“We’re cooperating fully with the investigation and we are going to do whatever we can to have a safe environment for our students at SUCCESS and at every building,” he said.
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