A 33-year-old township woman today pleaded guilty to having sexual contact with a 16-year-old student at the Rugby School, authorities said.
Brandi Shroyer, 33, pleaded guilty today to one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact before Superior Court Judge Lisa P. Thornton, according to a release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.
Shroyer, an employee of the Belmar Boulevard alternative school, had supervisory control over the unnamed student at the time of the incident, the release says.
As a result of her plea, the state will recommend 364 days in jail at the time of Shroyer's sentencing. The plea will also require Shroyer to register as a
sex offender under Megan's Law, according to the release.
Shroyer had been employed as a teacher’s aide/clinical assistant at the Rugby School for approximately 1½ years, the release says.
Shroyer used her position as a teacher’s aide/clinical assistant to develop a relationship with the victim, a 16-year-old male student at the school, which eventually turned sexual, according to the release.
After a joint investigation conducted by the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office and the Spring Lake Heights Police Department, with aid from the Wall Township and Hazlet Police Departments, Shroyer was arrested on June 12, 2009, and charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Bail was set at $100,000, which Shroyer posted later that day, according to the release.
Shroyer was terminated form the Rugby School immediately thereafter and
has not been employed by a school since, the release says.
Sentencing is scheduled for November 16, according to the release.