ELIZABETH, NJ--A former teacher at an Elizabeth middle school has been charged with sexually assaulting a student during the 1990’s. The assaults occurred numerous times over the course of approximately five years, acting Union County Prosecutor Thomas Isenhour said Wednesday.

Robert Goodlin, 75, has been charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault of a minor, second-degree sexual assault of a minor, second-degree sexual assault by force or coercion, third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, authorities said.

The Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Victims Unit conducted a lengthy investigation that uncovered the alleged incident's occurred when Goodlin worked as an industrial technology teacher at Joseph Battin School No. 4 on South Broad Street in Elizabeth. The alleged abuse occurred from 1993 into 1998, according to Unit Supervisor and Assistant Prosecutor Caroline Lawlor, who is prosecuting the case.  

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The victim, who was under the age of 18 during the alleged abuse, was sexually assaulted in the defendant’s vehicle in Elizabeth, at his Elizabeth home, and multiple times at the defendant’s cabin located in North Jersey, Lawlor said.

Goodlin was arrested on Tuesday and placed in Union County Jail pending a first appearance scheduled to take place earlier today.  If convicted, Goodlin could face a sentence of 5 to 20 years in state prison.

Anyone with further information about Goodlin is being asked to contact Special Victims Unit Detective Annie Coll at 908-965-3876.


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