HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - A Montgomery High School teacher who lives in Hillsborough has been arrested and faces charges of sending nude photos of herself and sexually-explicit messages via social media to a Montgomery High School student over a period of several months.
Michelina Aichele, 29 of Capricorn Drive in Hillsborough, has been charged with 2nd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child. She is being held in the Somerset County Jail, pending a detention hearing, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson,
Robertson provided the following account:
Montgomery Township school officials contacted Montgomery police on Oct. 4 concerning the allegations against Aichele. An investigation ensued.
The 17-year-old male student was interviewed and disclosed that he received nude photos from Aichele over a time period of several months. The student also provided details of sexually explicit conversations that defendant Aichele engaged in with him through social media sites and email.
On Friday, Oct. 5, the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit responded to assist the Montgomery Township Police with the investigation. Aichele was subsequently placed under arrest without incident.
Aichele, an English teacher and soccer coach, has received more than one dozen teacher reviews on the RateMyTeachers.com website, an open forum that promotes teacher, professor and high school rankings and reviews by student and parents. She has an overall rating of 4.63, dating back to 2013; the overall average rating for Montgomery High School teachers is 4.06, according to the website.
The following are some of the reviews posted to the website by students:
Oct. 9, 2018 - "Very hands-on teaching experience. Will go to any length to ensure you get the best out of the class. Her welcoming demeanor makes it easy to loosen up in her class. She's very accessible and you can always reach out to her, no matter what you need. Personally, I found that afterschool help was VERY beneficial to my learning experience and my grade. I wish her private "tutoring" wasn't only for her favorite students, though. It was unfortunate when word got out."
Oct. 9, 2018 - "Ms. Aichele was a teacher of mine as well as a coach for many years. Attend a single class of hers and it will become strikingly apparent how knowledgeable and passionate she is about both English and teaching in general. Her lectures were thorough yet entertaining. She incorporated every single student into class discussions. She never failed to push students to produce their best work possible. Ms. Aichele taught her students the difference between reading and understanding literature."
Oct. 8, 2018 - "Great teacher , a lot of people are putting shade out right now on her and I don't think that it is right . The facts are not out yet and I always thought she explained everything perfectly. When I needed extra help she was always flexible after school with her hours. Its a shame that lies and hearsay can bring such negativity to a teacher who given this school so much."
Sept. 22, 2018 - "A fabulous English teacher, who not only prepares you for college but also life. She treats all her students equally and with respect, with her main goal being to help every single one of them succeed. Goes ABOVE and BEYOND by helping students with everything!! There is no teacher I respect more."
March 30, 2018 - "Good teacher, but weirdly intimate with some of the guys in my grade. She also brings up sex in class discussions at any chance she can, so that, plus the fact that she’s VERY friendly with the guys can make me uncomfortable in her class. Rumors that she Snapchats and instagram dms students."
April 18, 2018 - "Ms. Aichele is a really helpful teacher and makes you question a lot both IN and OUT of the classroom. I really like the way she treats her students opinions respectfully and also treats them as adults. She’s very competent in the subject and a really great and cool teacher!"
Dec. 21, 2014 - "Her class is pretty easy. Some people say her grading is harsh but it isn't that bad as long as you don't write garbage. Like all LA class so far, I don't know what we're supposed to learn. She's pretty young so she can be considered a "hip" teacher; she tries to act like it when she dances and stuff. Overall, not a bad teacher and can be pretty helpful when you don't understand some things."
Robertson requests anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Montgomery Township Police Department at 908-359-3222 or via the STOPit app.
The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or online at www.888577tips.org or at www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.