NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - A 58-year-old New Brunswick elementary school teacher has been arrested and charged with engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct with a 15-year-old student, according to a statement released by the Middlesex Prosecutor's Office.
David Holmes, of the Monmouth Junction section of South Brunswick, a teacher at the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in New Brunswick, was arrested Wednesday and charged with endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree, aggravated criminal sexual contact in the third degree and engaging in criminal sexual contact in the fourth degree.
Holmes was charged during an investigation by Det. Jamaal James of the New Brunswick Police Department and Det. Ryan Tighe of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The investigation determined that from September 2018 through July 2019, Holmes engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with a student, when the victim was 15 years of age.
During the time when the criminal conduct allegedly occurred, the defendant was the former teacher of the victim and was serving as a current mentor.
Holmes has been employed by the New Brunswick school system for the past nine years. He was previously employed by the South Brunswick School System for eight years and served as a long-term substitute teacher with the North Brunswick School System.
According to the Woodrow Wilson website, Holmes teaches social studies.
Holmes posed with a fellow Woodrow Wilson teacher after they received awards for "exemplory 2017 educators." The photo was released on Twitter.
He is scheduled to appear in New Brunswick Superior Court on Aug. 30.
The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective James (732) 745-5200 or Detective Tighe at (732) 745-3287.
A 31-year-old middle school paraprofessional and coach pleaded guilty last month to having sex with a 13-year-old student will be sentenced in September. Court records reviewed by TAPinto New Brunswick showed that Eugene Colbert pleaded guilty to first-degree aggravated sexual assault in a plea deal that avoided the need for a trial.
Colbert served as a special education paraprofessional at New Brunswick Middle School and was an assistant coach for the boys basketball and football teams.