FREEHOLD – An English teacher at Hamilton High School West in Mercer County has been arrested and criminally charged with having a sexual relationship with a student, Monmouth County Prosecutor Raymond S. Santiago announced Tuesday.

Jessica Sawicki, 37, of Point Pleasant (Ocean County) is charged with five counts of second-degree Sexual Assault and five counts of second-degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child.

An investigation involving members of the MCPO Special Victims Bureau, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, and the New Jersey State Police revealed that the alleged criminal conduct by Sawicki began earlier this year. On several occasions, Sawicki allegedly engaged in sexual acts with the victim at the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area in Upper Freehold Township.

Sawicki was arrested without incident earlier this week and transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution (MCCI), where she remains incarcerated pending a first appearance and detention hearing to take place in Monmouth County Superior Court.

Anyone with information about Sawicki’s activities is being urged to contact MCPO Detective David Sidorakis at 800-533-7443.

This case is being prosecuted by Monmouth County Assistant Prosecutor Keri-Leigh Schaefer. Sawicki is being represented by Edward Cridge, Esq.

Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.