2-Year Suspension of Teaching License For Role In NJ Student Sex-Abuse Case

By David Madden

WOOLWICH TOWNSHIP, N.J. (CBS) — A former South Jersey high school teacher and coach won’t be able to teach in the state for the next two years.  Her teaching certificate has been suspended as a result of a sexual abuse case involving another teacher.

According to state documents, Emma Painter, 51, pleaded guilty almost two years ago to an obstruction-of-justice charge, was sentenced to probation and community service, and is now working as a courier.

She talked to a student who brought sexual abuse charges against another teacher at Kingsway Regional High School in Woolwich Township (Gloucester County), and admits that might have been a mistake.

But the state Board of Examiners considers this a case of conduct unbecoming a teacher.

They took her 20-year record into account in deciding on a two-year suspension rather than a complete revocation of her teaching credentials.

The teacher accused of the actual abuse, 35-year-old Erica Umosella,  pleaded guilty, was sentenced to probation, and surrendered her teaching certificate.

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