MAYS LANDING — A Pleasantville High School teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student pleaded not guilty Thursday.

Jessica R. Gaeckle, who is charged with official misconduct and hindering, entered the plea in Atlantic County Superior Court, court records show.

Robert Agre, Gaeckle’s attorney, declined to comment Friday.

Gaeckle, 30, of Galloway Township, engaged in sexual relations with an 18-year-old student on at least two occasions and directed the student to destroy evidence upon learning of a pending criminal investigation, Atlantic County Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner said in announcing the charges.

She was arrested Jan. 18 and released on a summons. She was indicted Oct. 31.

Gaeckle was not working in the classroom at the time charges were filed, Pleasantville Board of Education attorney James Carroll said after the charges were announced.

She is not currently working in the district.

Gaeckle is scheduled to appear for an initial case disposition conference Jan. 2.

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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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