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Fifth-Grade Teacher Charged with Sex Assault of 10-Year-Old Student

West Orange teacher Chris Yonitch, 36, of Livingston was arrested Thursday morning.

A fifth-grade West Orange teacher was arrested Thursday morning on charges of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, according to officials at the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. 

Christopher Yonitch, 36, of Livingston, has been a teacher at Washington School in West Orange for nine years, the prosecutor's office said. 

According to officials, the child is a 10-year-old student of Yonitch.

Check for updates on this breaking news story. 

shar bigger March 03, 2013 at 07:12 PM
I just found out about this...it is just a sad sad story....you can never foresee what goes on in the mind of a person...no one can predict the actions of anyone..but I hope this is not something he would have done in the midst of his mind being clouded with bad judgement......one mistake can be life changing....as teachers we must be careful of caring...never be alone with a student always be on guard and aware of the potential outcomes, leave doors open, others are present, involve others like the school social worker, principal, VP, family, community, use the whole village to protect ourselves and our children so that we avoid circumstances like this.
Rocci Martin March 09, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Heather, are you his partner and you have children, two daughters?.....does he have a good relationship with them....if I'm wrong so be it....your words sound very contradictive.....that statement sounds like you really DON'T know him...this is quite disturbing and hard to believe as the seemingly girlfriend, one could see you taking this so personal...so what happens if he is found guilty...will you still be there for him...it is obvious what you will do if he is proven innocent.....
Heather Detmar March 10, 2013 at 03:30 AM
@Rocci Martin no im not his girlfriend, mistress, or lover. I am a parent of 5 children 2 of which he knows well. Everyone is entitled to their opnions, im sorry that you feel just because im defending him i must be sleeping with him. Cant believe that is the road you taking, but its fine really dont care what anyone thinks of me or my comments. I will continue to be on his side because I know this is a lie.
Joel Malkin March 10, 2013 at 02:14 PM
Good for you, Heather! I also believe he is innocent. We can believe what we want until the facts come out.
Adam Kraemer December 28, 2013 at 09:30 AM
The grand jury issued a no bill so we have to assume he is innocent. This guys name has been dragged thru the mud and he did not do it.

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