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New Jersey gym teacher allegedly sexually assaulted her student over four years

A New Jersey gym teacher was jailed after a former student detailed their sexual relationship that spanned his high school career. 

Former Bridgewater-Raritan High School teacher Lydia Pinto, 38, was charged on November 8 with first-degree aggravated sexual assault and two counts of second-degree sexual assault and arrested without incident. 

The Somerset County Prosecutors Office launched an investigation into Pinto’s conduct on October 16, after the Bridgewater Police Department received an anonymous email detailing Pinto’s alleged relationship with the student

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Bridgewater-Raritan gym teacher Lydia Pinto, 38, faces charges of first degree aggravated sexual assault and second degree sexual assault for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with a student for four years, per the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office. (Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office)

The former victim, now an adult, was identified and interviewed by detectives with the office’s sex crimes and child abuse unit on October 26, Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald wrote in a November 17 press release. 

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Lydia Pinto

Pinto, 38, was arrested without incident on November 8 and subsequently released pending trial on November 15, Somerset County Jail officials told Fox News Digital. (Lydia Pinto on Facebook)

“The victim reported engaging in a relationship with former teacher, Lydia Pinto,” the release read. “The victim further reported that the relationship turned sexual when the victim was between the ages of 14 to 15 and continued until the victim’s senior year of high school.”

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Bridgewater-Raritan High School

Gym teacher Pinto coached girl’s lacrosse and field hockey and also taught driver’s education classes at Bridgewater-Raritan High School, pictured.  (Google Maps)

The sexual activity all took place in the Raritan Borough, the prosecutor said. 

Pinto coached field hockey and girls lacrosse at the school, per reporting by My Central Jersey, and taught driver’s ed according to a Facebook post on the high school’s page. 

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Fox News Digital was unable to reach Bridgewater-Raritan School District administrators or the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office for comment at press time. 

Upon her arrest, Pinto was booked into Somerset County Jail – seven days later, on November 15, she was released pending her next court date, jail officials told Fox News Digital. 

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