Former Calvary Baptist teacher arrested, faces charges for sexual contact with teen www.privateofficer.com
Hatfield Township PA March 28 2012 A former teacher living in Hatfield township faces dozens of charges of inappropriate sexual contact with a teenage student she met while teaching at Calvary Baptist School in Towamencin.
According to police, Nicole Jacques, a resident of the 2000 block of Maple Avenue, was arrested Monday and arraigned before District Judge Harry J. Nesbitt III of Horsham and remanded to county prison in lieu of posting $50,000 bail.
Jacques faces 20 counts each of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, and corruption of a minor, along with 10 counts of unlawful contact with a minor, all stemming from incidents police said took place at her Hatfield apartment.
According to police, Jacques met the 15-year-old male student while teaching at Calvary Baptist, but Jacques resigned her teaching position in 2011 and continued communicating with the teen afterwards.
Police determined during their investigation that Jacques did not engage in any criminal behavior with the teen while employed by Calvary Baptist, and said school officials “cooperated fully with this investigation and professionally handled this matter,” according to a Hatfield Township Police Department press release. “As far as we know at this point, none of the incidents under investigation occurred on the school’s campus, or while the teacher was employed by our ministry,” said Calvary Baptist School Administrator Randy Thaxton in a prepared statement.
Thaxton said that while the school is “deeply saddened” by news of the allegations, Calvary Baptist is cooperating fully with the police investigation.
“The safety of our students, as well as their spiritual and educational development, remain our primary concerns here at Calvary Baptist. We will continue to strive to provide a learning environment that is both safe and nurturing for our students,” he said.
According to police, a township resident reported the excessive and inappropriate contact between the teen and Jacques to police on Feb. 10. Police said the teen disclosed numerous sexual encounters he had had with Jacques at her apartment after she left the teaching position at the school.
Police said the case is still under investigation but no other students appear to have been involved with Jacques.
Thaxton declined to comment Tuesday on how long Jacques had been employed by the school, and said the school would make no additional comment while the police investigation is ongoing.
A preliminary hearing for Jacques is scheduled for 1 p.m. on April 4 before District Judge Kenneth Deatelhauser of Souderton, police said.