Michelina Aichele is a 29-year-old teacher at a New Jersey high school that has been accused of sending nude pictures to one of her teenage students. Aichele was an English teacher at Montgomery High School.
According to reports, Aichele was arrested on October 5 after school officials reported inappropriate contact between her and an unidentified 17-year-old student.
Police say that the victim claims that he has received nude photos from Aichele over the course of several months. Additionally, the student claimed that Aichele engaged in sexually explicit conversations with him through social media sites and email.
As a result, Aichele has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child. She was being held at the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.
Aichele works as an English teacher at the school, earning $70,306 in 2017, according to state records. Her LinkedIn profile states she has been teaching English at the high school since April 2012.
A December 2006 Courier News report lists Aichele as a senior guard on the Manville High School girls basketball team. An April 2007 Courier News report lists Aichele has a senior shortstop on the Manville High School girls softball team.
“This teacher was suspended and removed from the high school on Oct. 4, 2018 while the investigation was ongoing. The teacher’s suspension shall be continued pending a resolution of the criminal charges, and the district will continue to cooperate with the Somerset County Prosecutor and the Montgomery Township Police Department,” Superintendent of Schools Nancy H. Gartenberg said in a Oct. 9 letter to the Montgomery Township School Community.
In March 2018, on the website RateMyTeacher, one student wrote the following review about Aichele:
“Good teacher, but weirdly intimate with some of the guys in my grade. She also brings up sex in class discussions at any chance she can, so that, plus the fact that she’s VERY friendly with the guys can make me uncomfortable in her class. Rumors that she Snapchats and instagram dms students.”
Additionally, a review from 2015 hinted at similar tendencies:
“Great bod!!!!!!!!111!!!!!!!!11 afterschool help is the bomb!!!!!!! ;);) she sits really close to you and she doesn’t care for commitment which means you have a chance ;).”
Police have asked anyone with information about Aichele to call the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit (908) 231-7100 or Montgomery Township Police at (908) 359-3222.