A Monmouth Regional High School teacher surrendered to authorities Wed., June 3 after he allegedly engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with one of his students who was under the age of 18, said Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni.
Nicholas DePue, 29, of Whispering Oaks Way in Jackson, is charged with second degree counts of Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Child. He was released after posting a $100,000 bond, as set by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Jamie Perri, J.S.C., who also ordered DePue have no contact with his victim and he is not to return to the scene of his crimes.
If convicted of Sexual Assault, DePue faces a sentence of up to 10 years in a New Jersey state prison, subject to the provisions of “Megan’s Law” and Parole Supervision for Life requiring a minimum of 15 years parole following his release from state prison.
If convicted of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, DePue faces a sentence of five to ten years in prison, also subject to the provisions of “Megan’s Law” and Parole Supervision for Life.
The case is assigned to Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Danielle Zanzuccki.
DePue is represented by William Cunningham, Esq., of Brick.