Former 'Teacher of Year' Admits to Sex with Student

The 33-year-old teacher admitted to having sex with a 15-year-old honors student

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    A former Essex County, New Jersey teacher of the year has admitted having sex with a 15-year-old boy enrolled in an honors class she taught.
     
    Erica DePalo pleaded guilty Tuesday to child endangerment. In return, county prosecutors will recommend she get lifetime parole supervision when she's sentenced in April.
     
    DePalo will also have to register as a sex offender and forfeit her teacher's license. She declined comment after entering her plea.
     
    Prosecutors say the 33-year-old Montclair resident had a brief sexual relationship with a student in her honors English class at West Orange High School. She initially was charged with aggravated sexual assault and sexual, and could have faced up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
     
    Prosecutors say the boy's family approved of the plea deal.

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