The law officers announced that Dufault is a language arts teacher who has been employed at Columbia High School in Maplewood for approximately nine years. She is suspected of sexually assaulting three 15-year-old boys who attend the school. The incidents allegedly occurred during the regular school year and also during the 2013 and 2014 summer school program.
Dufault is currently being held at the Essex County Correctional Facility in Newark on $500,000 bail. She has been ordered to have no contact with any of the victims and her two minor children have been removed from her custody.
Prosecutors detailed that Dufault is accused of engaging in various sexual encounters with the students on school property and in her car on multiple occasions. Counseling is being offered to students through the South Orange / Maplewood School district regarding the incidents.
The investigation, which is active and ongoing, was conducted by the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Maplewood Police Department. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit at 973-753-1130.