Teacher charged with sexual assault of student

Bridget Sipera, 36, of Cherry Hill, New Jersey. [Image credit: Camden County Prosecutor's Office]

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Camden County prosecutors announced on Thursday morning that 36-year-old former teacher and girl's lacrosse coach Bridget Sipera had been arrested the previous day and charged for a relationship she had with a student that lasted more than a year.

 

According to the prosecutor's office, Sipera began a relationship with a student in her class, who was 17 at the time, in January 2019 and that relationship continued through March 2020 when the student graduated.

 

On August 6th, that student contacted the Cherry Hill police.  Citing the probable cause statement, the Courier Post states that the former student told officers that he and Sipera had sex about 60 times across various locations which spanned two counties.

 

As a part of his statement to police, the former student was able to provide "specific details of the layout" of the residences of both Sipera and her mother.

 

The same day that the arrest was announced by the Prosecutor's Office, Camden Catholic High School made a simple announcement stating that they were made aware of the matter the previous day and that Ms. Sipera's employment had been "terminated immediately."  The school additionally stated that it was cooperating fully with law enforcement.

 

According to a Nixle alert issued by the Glouchester Township Police Department announcing the arrest, it is stated that "Sipera admitted to the sexual assault which took place in multiple towns."  This portion of the press release no longer appears on the on posted to the Camden County Prosecutor's webpage.

 

Sipera is being held at the Camden County Jail on one count of second-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.  Those charges are repeated for Glouchester Township.  Detectives have stated that more charges may be filed against her.

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