Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information:
On Thursday, February 16, 2017, a 19-year-old female student filed a report with the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office that she was being harassed by a teacher at County Prep High School located on Montgomery Street in Jersey City.
A subsequent investigation by the Sheriff’s Office led to two additional victims who are 17-year- old female students from County Prep High School.
The teacher, Francisco Pereira, age 31, of North Arlington, was arrested on March 3, 2017. He was charged with three counts of Criminal Sexual Contact in violation of N.J.S. 2C:14-3; two counts of Endangering the Welfare of Children in violation of N.J.S. 2C:24-4; two counts of Harassment in violation of N.J.S. 2C:33-4; and one count of Luring or Enticing a Child in violation of N.J.S. 2C:13-6.
After his arrest, Pereira was held at the Hudson County Correctional Facility until he made his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court on March 4, 2017. Pereira was released on his own recognizance, but with a no contact order for both the school and the victims. His next court appearance is scheduled for April 27, 2017 in Hudson County Superior Court.
The above charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).