Newark Public School Teachers' Aid Charged with Sexual Assault

Newark – Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Newark Public Safety Director Anthony Ambrose announced today that Liz Perez, 31, of Newark was arrested by detectives from the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and charged with one count of second-degree sexual assault and one count of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

Officials say it is alleged that Perez, a per diem teacher’s aide at Dr. William H. Horton School in Newark, engaged in sexual intercourse with a 14-year-old student over the winter break. The assault allegedly occurred at her home.

The child is a student at the school where she is employed according to top officials.

Perez’s detention hearing is scheduled before the Honorable Siobhan Teare, Judge of the Superior Court, on Feb. 11.

A predisposition conference is scheduled for March 4, before the Honorable Michael L. Ravin, Judge of the Superior Court.

These are accusations. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they enter a guilty plea or are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.