Middlesex County News

Former Catholic School Teacher Charged in Sexual Assault

Credits: MCPO

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A history teacher from the now-closed Cardinal McCarrick High School in South Amboy was arrested Thursday and charged with having sexual relations with a 17-year-old student was announced by Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief Darren LaVigne of the South Amboy Police Department.

Fatima Grupico, 24, of Linden was charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child after an investigation determined she had relations with the male student on a number of occasions at the school between May 4, 2015 and May 30, 2015.

Grupico, who taught history at the high school, was charged during the investigation by Detective George Stilwell of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and Detective Matthew Barcheski of the South Amboy Police Department.

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The investigation began after school officials notified police.

Grupico was unemployed after the school shuttered its doors at the end of the school year.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Stilwell of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-8675, or Detective Barcheski of the South Amboy Police Department at (732) 525-5951.

She remains in custody and is waiting for bail to be set.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Grupico are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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