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Lodi NJ, Acting Bergen County Prosecutor Dennis Calo announced the arrest of STEPHANIE A. CARAFA (DOB: 03/12/1986; single; employed as a school teacher) of Lodi, New Jersey on charges of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact and Endangering The Welfare Of A Child. The arrest is the result of an investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Lodi Police Department under the direction of Chief Donald Scorzetti.
On Friday, October 26, 2018, the Lodi Police Department received information that Stephanie A. CARAFA, a school teacher at Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Lodi, had exchanged explicit photographs and videos with a juvenile under the age of sixteen. An investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Lodi Police Department revealed that CARAFA also engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with a student who was under the age of sixteen.
CARAFA was arrested on Saturday, October 27, 2018 and charged with one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24A, a 2nd degree crime; and one count of Aggravated Criminal Sexual Contact, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:14-3A, a 3rd degree crime. She is scheduled for a detention hearing in Hackensack, NJ on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 9:00 a.m.
Acting Prosecutor Calo states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and would also like to thank the Lodi Police Department for its assistance in the investigation.