Nicholas DePue, the Monmouth Regional High School teacher who was fired last June after he was arrested and charged with second degree Sexual Assault and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor, pleaded guilty today to two counts of second degree Endangering the Welfare of Minor, before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Josepeh W. Oxley in Freehold, according a report by ace Asbury Park Press reporter Kathleen Hopkins.
DePue admitted sending inappropriate text messages and/or having sexual physical contact with two female Monmouth Regional students, ages 16 and 17.
In the plea deal, the state has agreed to recommend a five year prison sentence with no parole eligibility. DePue will be required to register as a sex offender under Megan’s Law and will be under parole supervision for life.
Oxley scheduled sentencing for April 22, subject to an evaluation by the state Corrections Department’s Adult Diagnostic and Treatment Center in Woodbridge.
Monmouth Regional High School, located in Tinton Falls, educates high school students who live in Eatontown, Shrewsbury Township, Tinton Falls and students who live on the Earle Naval Weapons Station in Colts Neck.