An investigation and lawsuit have been launched in Bayonne, New Jersey into the alleged misconduct of a school official who has been reportedly engaging in sexual misconduct with students for the last 20 years. The history began in 1980 when Diane Cherchio West was caught kissing and groping a 13 year old at an eighth grade dance. Then later after she was promoted to school guidance councilor, she became pregnant with the child of an 11th grader that she was supervising; she later married him on the day of his graduation. Then later when her child became a teenager, she invited his friend to live with them and seduced him as well. Charges were eventually brought up against her but after receiving glowing recommendations from her co-workers; she was able to get away with only probation.

A History of Sex with Students, Unchallenged (New York Times)

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