Teacher gets probation for sex with teen

August 10, 2009 11:41:36 AM PDT
A former Old Bridge High School drama teacher was sentenced to five years of probation for having a four-month sexual relationship with one of her students last year. Lisa Glide, 35, of Howell, pleaded guilty in June to fourth-degree endangering the welfare of a child. As part of the plea agreement with the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office, she could have received up to 364 days in jail. She also agreed to give up her teaching certificate and forfeited her right to hold any public job.

Superior Court Judge Frederick De Vesa, sitting in New Brunswick, said Glide's mental and physical condition weighed heavily in the decision to give her probation.

Glide suffers from depression and has cancer, De Vesa said. In addition, De Vesa said Glide led an "exemplary" life prior to the relationship with the student in the spring of 2008.

The judge said he had letters from two mental health professionals who said a jail term for Glide could be life-threatening in her fragile mental and physical state.

De Vesa also pointed to a letter written by the victim in the case, now a sophomore in college, who told the judge, "I feel the entire case was blown out of proportion."

The victim said, "I was 17 1/2 at the time and very able to take care of myself," and added he did not feel as if he was a victim. In fact, he said "I was the initiator," and admitted Glide refused his advances, but he pursued her, even looking up her address on the Internet and making an unannounced visit to her home.

Glide told the judge before her sentencing that if she was not in such bad mental and physical shape at that time, "it never would have happened."

"I should not have been teaching at all that spring," she said.

Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Christie Bevacqua asked the judge to sentence Glide to the county jail term.

"It is against the law for teachers to have sex with their students," Bevacqua said.

She said despite the victim's pursuit of Glide, "it was her burden to stop this. She was the adult in this situation."



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