South Plainfield Teacher Charged With Sending Student “Illicit Photos”

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ—A teacher who previously taught in Sayreville before joining the staff at South Plainfield High School was arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child on June 27, according to authorities.

In a joint statement, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey and the borough's Police Chief James Parker said today that Mallory Christ had sent "two inappropriate photos to a male student via social media."

Christ, 29, a resident of South Plainfield who graduated from the school she teaches at, allegedly sent the two photos of herself to the student sometime in February.

"The investigation began after school officials learned of the photos, which were posted via social media, and contacted police," read the press release.

New Brunswick Today obtained the release despite its recent removal from the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office (MCPO) media list, the second time the publication has been blacklisted because of its adversarial coverage.

In the release, the MCPO claimed Christ was "being held without bail at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick."

NBToday was told by an official in the jail's records department that Christ "left on [June 28]."

But the official could not say how much the bail was.  "I don't know much," she said, before hanging up the phone.

The investigation was spearheaded by Detective Shaun Clifford of the South Plainfield Police Department and MCPO Detective Felix De La Cruz.

Christ taught math and also served as the coach of the high school cheerleaders during her two years at South Plainfield High School, after a stint at Sayreville War Memorial High School.

The investigation is active and is continuing, according to the MCPO statement.  Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Clifford of the South Plainfield Police Department at (908) 755-0700.

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