A Pleasantville High School teacher is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student, the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday.

Jessica R. Gaeckle, 30, of Galloway Township, was arrested Friday and charged with two counts of official misconduct and one count of hindering apprehension. She was released on a summons.

Gaeckle was not working in the classroom at the time charges were filed, Pleasantville Board of Education attorney James Carroll said Saturday morning. Carla Thomas, board president, has not returned a request for comment.

Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said Gaeckle engaged in sexual relations with a student, who is 18, on at least two occasions and directed the student to destroy evidence upon learning of a pending criminal investigation.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and Pleasantville Police Department investigated.

Gaeckle is the second employee from the high school to be charged with official misconduct within the last year.

In August, then-Principal Edward James Bonek was charged after police said they found more than 1,000 images and videos of child pornography on his school-issued computer.

Bonek, 49, of Absecon, was indicted in October on seven counts, including possession and distribution of child pornography, official misconduct and unlawful possession of an assault firearm and high-capacity magazine.

He pleaded not guilty in November.

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My beat is public safety, following police and crime. I started in January 2018 here at the Press covering Egg Harbor and Galloway townships. Before that, I worked at the Reading Eagle in Reading, Pa., covering crime and writing obituaries.

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