NJ Teacher Charged With Having Sex With Students Claims She Was Coerced

CBS New York

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – A New Jersey teacher charged with sexually assaulting six male students was soft spoken and nervous as she stood before a judge Friday.

“She’d pled not guilty, we believe in her innocence,” defense attorney Timothy Smith said of his client Nicole Dufault.

Smith said his client is the one who was coerced by the students, 14 and 15 years old at the time.

The students were part of the program called “Bridge to Success” at Columbia High School in Maplewood, CBS2’s Christine Sloan reported.

“We believe, as I have asserted before, my client is the victim of a certain form of sexual assault and we stand by that. (You’re saying a victim of sexual assault. Are you saying she was assaulted?) That’s what I said, yes,” Smith said.

Essex County Assistant Prosecutor Gina Losim told CBS2 she could not comment on Smith’s remarks, but said they…

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