High school teacher pleads not guilty to student sex charges

A female high school teacher accused of having sex with six male students has pleaded not guilty.

High school teacher Nicole DuFault pleads not guilty to student sex charges.

High school teacher Nicole DuFault pleads not guilty to student sex charges. (4/6/15)

NEWARK - (AP) - A female high school teacher accused of having sex with six male students has pleaded not guilty.

Nicole DuFault, of Caldwell, was charged with aggravated sexual assault and child endangerment in a 40-count indictment handed up in February. She entered her plea Monday during a court hearing in Newark.

Authorities say the victims were 14 and 15-year-old boys and the assaults occurred many times in 2013 and 2014. Some of the sex acts allegedly occurred on school property and in DuFault's car.

The 35-year-old DuFault was a language arts teacher at Columbia High School for several years before she was arrested last September. She's been suspended without pay and remains free on $500,000 bail.

Her attorney has said the charges "run contrary to her commendable background and unblemished work performance."

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