(NJ.COM) — NEWARK -- As her defense to charges of sexually assaulting six male students, the attorney for Maplewood teacher Nicole Dufault on Tuesday claimed she suffers from a brain condition that left her defenseless to the students' over-aggressive behavior.
Dufault's attorney, Timothy Smith, said she suffers from "frontal lobe syndrome," a condition that experts have said is associated with socially inappropriate behavior and the inability to control impulses, among other symptoms.
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"Ms. Dufault suffers from frontal lobe syndrome which has rendered her defenseless to over-aggressive behavior, and that is exactly what she was exposed to," Smith said in a statement to NJ Advance Media.