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Beloved Catholic High School Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault Of Minor

Beloved Catholic High School Teacher Charged With Sexual Assault Of Minor

It is alleged that the 36-year-old teacher had sex with a student about 60 times over an 18-month period.

Bridget Sipera was known as the teacher that won "Coach of the Year" for her work with the Women's Lacrosse Club of South Jersey. That is, until, she was charged in Cherry Hill and Gloucester Township with two counts each of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. Bridget Sipera's victim was a 17-year-old boy. Allegedly, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, Sipera initiated a sexual relationship with the 17-year-old boy in January 2019.

It was further alleged that the 36-year-old teacher had sex with a student about 60 times over an 18-month period.

 

Bridget Sipera Photo: Camden County Correctional Facility

 

 

On August 26, 2020, a statement obtained from the Camden County Prosecutor's Office of New Jersey alleged that Sipera repeatedly sexually assaulted an underage victim. The victim was a student in Sipera's class. The abuse continued through March of 2020. During the investigation, police say Sipera admitted to the sexual assault, which took place in multiple towns.

 

Bridget Sipera (center): Camden Catholic High School

 

 

According to the probable cause statement, obtained by Cherry Hill Courier-Post , the alleged victim who was identified as a "recent graduate" of Camden Catholic contacted Cherry Hill police about the relationship on Aug. 6.

The former student alleged he and Sipera "had sexual intercourse inside of his vehicle at several locations throughout Cherry Hill, including a hotel parking lot, Cooper River Park, (Sipera's) residence, and (Sipera's) mother's residence," says the probable cause statement. Specific details about the layout of Sipera's home, and that of her mother, were disclosed by the victim.

The Camden Catholic High School released a since-deleted statement that explains that they are "aware of the matter announced on 8/26 by the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office related to teacher and girls’ lacrosse coach Bridget Sipera. Based on their announcement, Ms. Sipera’s employment was terminated immediately. Camden Catholic High School will be cooperating fully with local law enforcement."

 

Bridget Sipera - Camden Catholic High School

 

In June 2013, Sipera was voted "Camden Catholic High School's coolest teacher" on a popular local radio show. She is thanked by former students on a local lacrosse website by a former student "for pushing me to be exceptional on the field as well as off the field."

Following her arrest, Sipera was transported to the Camden County Correctional Facility. The sexual assault charge specified a minor victim older than 16 and over whom Sipera had "supervisory or disciplinary power."

On September 1, 2020, Sipera was ordered to be released from jail. According to her lawyer, James Conley of Haddon Heights, the accused will be living at her mother's home rather than her own residence. Her family home was shared by her husband and two small daughters. "There has been some family discussion," Conley said at a hearing. Sipera will remain at her mother's home, also in Cherry Hill, "until everything gets sorted out."

It is now known that Sipera has agreed not to teach or coach until her charges have been resolved. She is also to have no unsupervised contact with children other than her daughters.
"There are no allegations at this time regarding her children," said Assistant Prosecutor Cynthia Russomanno. Sipera is to have absolutely no contact with the victim, identified only as a former graduate of Camden Catholic. 

“If you violate (the agreement), you're going to most likely end up back in jail,” Superior Court Judge Thomas Shusted Jr. told Sipera.

Disclaimer : This is based on sources and we have been unable to verify this information independently.

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