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Teacher From Brick, 36, Charged With Carrying on Affair With Student

Julie Rizzitello (Photo: Wall Township Public Schools)

Julie Rizzitello (Photo: Wall Township Public Schools)

A Brick Township woman who resigned this week from her position as a teacher at Wall Township High School has been charged criminally with having a sexual relationship with a student, prosecutors announced July 4.

Julie Rizzitello, 36, of Brick, who submitted her resignation earlier this week, is charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault, third-degree witness tampering, and three counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact.

According to a statement from prosecutors, an investigation by the Monmouth and Ocean County prosecutor’s offices as well as Brick and Wall police, revealed that the alleged criminal conduct by Rizzitello began earlier this year. On multiple occasions and in at least three jurisdictions – Belmar, Brick, and Wall – Rizzitello allegedly engaged in various sexual acts with the victim.

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The “collaborative investigation,” the statement said, resulted in charges being filed both in Monmouth (on the Belmar and Wall offenses) and Ocean (on the Brick offenses) counties. Rizzitello was arrested without incident Wednesday and transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, where she remains incarcerated pending a detention hearing to take place in Monmouth County Superior Court.

A profile article on Rizzitello had been removed from the Wall Township school district website Thursday, however an archived copy of the webpage listed her as an English teacher who had been with the district for 10 years. She also served as an advisor to numerous clubs, and was the Class of 2026 advisor.

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