A New Jersey high school teacher pleaded guilty on Thursday to three counts of criminal sexual contact related to her allegedly having sex with multiple students.
Nicole Dufault, 40, avoided going to trial by reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors, which will require her to give up her teaching license and register as a sex offender, NorthJersey.com reported.
Dufault was accused of having sex with six Columbia High School students on several occasion from 2013 to 2014, both in her classroom and in her car, according to NJ.com.
The single mom to two children and former language arts teacher was indicted by a grand jury in Feb. 2015.
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The male victims reportedly ranged in age from 14 to 15.
Essex County prosecutors said in Sept. 2014 that authorities had obtained cell phone video which showed Dufault performing oral sex on one of the students in her car.
In 2015, Dufault’s attorney released a statement claiming his client suffers from “frontal lobe syndrome,” a condition which made her unable to control her impulses.
Timothy Smith also said the students had been the aggressors in the sexual encounters.
“Ms. Dufault suffers from frontal lobe syndrome which has rendered her defenseless to over-aggressive behavior, and that is exactly what she was exposed to,” Smith told NJ Advance Media.
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Dufault is due back in court for sentencing on June 8.