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Ex-Beachwood Area Teacher Goes To Prison For Sexual Relationship With Boy, 15

A 32-year-old Barnegat woman and former Toms River Regional schoolteacher who admitted that she had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy in Beachwood has been sentenced to six years in state prison.

Erin T. Haskell, who was free on $300,000 cash bail, was immediately remanded to prison authorities to begin serving her sentence.

Haskell pleaded guilty last year to a charge of second degree sexual assault before Superior Court Judge Francis Hodgson.
   
Dressed neatly in a gray skirt and jacket, Haskell appeared in court in August and timidly responded “yes” to several questions asked by Hodgson as well as her attorney, Bradley Billhimer ,during the five minute-long proceeding.

Haskell admitted to having sexual intercourse with a 15-year-old minor, identified only by his initials, between June 2012 and Sept. 2012. The sexual activities occurred in both Beachwood, where she taught and Barnegat, her hometown.

Prosecutors said at the hearing that they would seek a seven year-long prison term for Haskell. Billhimer said he would ask for three.

As part of the plea agreement, Hodgson said, Haskell will have to register as a sex offender under Meghan’s Law for life, and she will remain under lifetime parole supervision. She will also relinquish her teaching license at sentencing.

Haskell, who taught at Intermediate School South in Beachwood, was charged in Nov. 2012 with having an inappropriate relationship with one of her students, then-prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said at the time.

She was originally charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and exhibiting obscene material to a minor.

State pension records showed Haskell having worked as a Spanish teacher with a masters degree and eight years experience at the time her employment was suspended by the Toms River Regional school district. Her salary at the time was $54,800.

The case was investigated by Detective Melissa Matthews of the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office and Sgt. Glen DeMarco of the Beachwood Police Department.  The case was prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Kristin L. Pressman.

Mattie February 11, 2014 at 10:50 AM
REAL child molesters get less time than that. Our sex (crime) laws need to be based on actual circumstances and situations. Not some arbitrary and mandatory "legal age" BS. The kid was 15 at the time... he knew what he was doing. He wasn't attacked or raped. He participated willingly. He was beyond puberty and physically/hormonally "a man". The teacher needs some consequences, and a very thorough mental evaluation and treatment if necessary. But being labeled a "sexual predator" for the rest of her life, and serving 6 years in PRISON is way over the line, IMO. Why? Because a 15 yr old got laid?? Seriously, that's the bottom line, isn't it? Puritanical laws trying to regulate sex and morality with mandatory sentencing is Bull.
Amy February 11, 2014 at 01:12 PM
I agree Mattie..Lets see what this ocean county library predator gets, I know the situations are different but what if he winds up with 6 years? Or less??? Things really need to change!!
WMS826 February 11, 2014 at 02:39 PM
The Meghan's registration is the real killer for her. The time is nothing compared to that life sentence.
John M February 11, 2014 at 10:41 PM
Patrick ... I agree. In my day he would have been a stud and the envy of every pimple faced high school boy.
BoroTaxPayer February 12, 2014 at 06:50 PM
You would probably know first hand WMS!!

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