Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez released the following information on Tuesday afternoon regarding the arrest of a high school teacher who is accused of sexually assaulting a 17-year old, Dickinson High School, female student:
On February 3, 2020, at approximately 7:45 p.m., members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested Francisco Realpe, age 43, of Hoboken, on charges involving the sexual assault of a 17-year-old female student at Dickinson High School in Jersey City. He was arrested without incident at his home in Hoboken.
The alleged sexual assault was first reported to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office on January 31, 2020 by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP). Realpe was arrested following an investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office SVU.
Realpe has been charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-2C(3), a second-degree crime; Criminal Sexual Contact in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3B, a fourthdegree crime; and Endangering the Welfare of a Child in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a(1), a second-degree crime.
Following his arrest, Realpe was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny pending his first appearance. Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit for the investigation and arrest with assistance from the Hoboken Police Department.
The above charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty. R.P.C.3.6(b)(6).