Teacher Charged

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Teacher Charged A former female substitute teacher in New Jersey is accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy she met in school.

Angela Stellwag, 24, of Delran faces 10 years in prison if she's convicteed of having sex with a minor. Stellwag had worked for the Riverside school district in Burlington County.

Also, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports she is the daughter of Delran's mayor, Joseph Stellwag.

Stellwag surrendered to authorities Friday. Authorities said she met the boy when she was a substitute teacher in Beverly City in 2003, but that the relationship became sexual last August at the defendant's apartment in Delran.

Michael Riley, a lawyer representing the alleged victim and his family, said the teen is cooperating with prosecutors.

"You can't really tell on his face how it's going to turn out," Riley said. "It's not a victimless crime. Absolutely. There is a victim is this case, and a victim who's been profoundly hurt."

Stellwag is officially charged with sexual assault. She was released after posting $20,000 bail set by Superior Court Judge Marvin E. Schlosser.

Local Case Reflects National Stories

This latest case of sexual assault charges against a woman allegedly involved with a male student reflects three other national cases that have made the news in recent months.

Earlier this month, female teachers in Tennessee and Texas were charged with having sex with young boys.

Kathy Denise White, a high school teacher in Lumberton, Texas, was arrested for allegedly having an ongoing sexual relationship with a 17-year-old boy. She was indicted Tuesday on two counts of an improper relationship between an educator and a student.

And in McMinnville, Tenn., an elementary school teacher was charged with having sex with one of her students, a 13-year-old boy, at his home and at school.

Pamela Turner, 27, (left) was charged Monday with 15 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure and 13 counts of statutory rape for acts between November and January.

Lafave Case Status

Last year, similar allegations against a Florida teacher gained national attention.

In that case, Ocala, Fla., middle-school teacher Debra Lafave (left) faces sexual assault charges for her alleged involvement with a male student.

Lafave's lawyer filed an insanity plea in December after police claimed Lafave was sleeping with a 14-year-old boy.

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