Former NJ Teacher Sentenced to 20 Years in Sex Assaults

Prosecutors say the 50-year-old Hildreth molested children in Cumberland, Burlington, Atlantic and Gloucester counties between 1999 and 2002

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    Cumberland County Prosecutor
    Hildreth was a seventh- and eighth-grade social studies teacher at Myron L. Powell Elementary school in Lawrence Township for 23 years.

    A former southern New Jersey elementary teacher and coach has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting children.
     
    As part of a plea agreement with prosecutors, Derek V. Hildreth pleaded guilty to four counts.

    They included first-degree aggravated assault and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Under terms of Friday's sentencing in state Superior Court in Cumberland County, he won't be eligible for parole for 17 years. .
     
    Prosecutors say the 50-year-old Hildreth molested children in Cumberland, Burlington, Atlantic and Gloucester counties between 1999 and 2002.
     
    Hildreth was a seventh- and eighth-grade social studies teacher at Myron L. Powell Elementary school in Lawrence Township for 23 years.
     
    Last year one of the victims filed a notice to sue Hildreth, the school system and others.

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