Erica DePalo of Montclair accepts plea deal to endangering welfare of a child.
A West Orange High School female English teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student pleaded guilty Tuesday to endangering the welfare of a child, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s office. Erica DePalo, 33, of Montclair is expected to receive life parole supervision under the terms of the plea agreement when she is sentenced on April 29, the official said in a release on Tuesday. She will also be required to undergo a psychological evaluation at the Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Avenel, forfeit her teacher’s license and never be allowed to seek government appointment, the prosecutor’s office said. “This is a just resolution of the case because it frees the victim from having to testify in …
Orange man pleads guilty to aggravated manslaughter; the men had met in online chat room.
Thursday, May 17, 2012
An Orange man accused of killing Maplewood resident Arthur Downey III at his Henry Place home after meeting him in an online chat room has pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and weapons offenses, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said on Wednesday. Under the terms of the plea agreement, John Staten, 32, will be sentenced to 18 years. Staten will be sentenced under the No Early Release Act, which requires him to serve 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for parole, according to Acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray. On March 14, 2010, the two men met through a telephonic chat service. Yesterday, Staten, admitted he beat Downey, 27, with an iron just hours after they met then covered Downey’s head with a …