(NJ.com) — MENDHAM, New Jersey — The attorney for the West Morris Mendham High School teacher accused of having sexual relations with an 18-year-old student said Friday his client is innocent and the prosecution's case is "legally and factually flawed."
The now-suspended English teacher, Nicole McDonough, 32, of Mount Olive, faces a single, second-degree charge of official misconduct for her relationship with the student.
A complaint filed in Superior Court in Morristown by a Morris County prosecutor's detective says McDonough and the unnamed Mendham High student engaged in sexual intercourse between May 31, 2014 and June 2, 2014.
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The detective said it was a case of official misconduct because McDonough's actions constituted an "unauthorized exercise" of her "official functions." She was not charged with any sex crime.