Lawyer cites teacher's health issues in student sex assaults

AP News
Posted: Jul 22, 2015 11:19 AM

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The attorney for a New Jersey high school teacher accused of having sex with six male students says she has a brain condition that left her defenseless to the students' aggressive behavior.

Nicole DuFault (duh-FAULT') of Caldwell pleaded not guilty in April to aggravated sexual assault and child endangerment charges.

Her attorney, Timothy Smith, tells ( ) that the 36-year-old teacher suffers from "frontal lobe syndrome," a condition that experts say is associated with socially inappropriate behavior. It also leaves them unable to control impulses, among other symptoms.

DeFault was a language arts teacher at Columbia High School in Maplewood before she was arrested last September.

Prosecutors say they still plan to take the case to trial.


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