2007-03-15 / Front Page

O'Leary gets probation in sexual contact plea

Former teacher admits relationship with student

WEST LONG BRANCH - - A former math teacher and coach at Shore Regional High School was sentenced last week after pleading guilty to engaging in sexual conduct with a former student who was 15 years old at the time.

William O'Leary, 35, Manasquan, was sentenced to a five-year term of probation, must permanently forfeit his teaching certificate and must register as a sex offender under Megan's Law, according to a press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office.

O'Leary's sentence also requires that he serve a special sentence of community supervision for life under which he will on directly supervised parole, according to the release.

According to the Prosecutor's Office, the victim and her attorney consented to the plea agreement.

O'Leary had previously pleaded guilty to one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a sentence that carries a $15,000 fine and mandates continuation of psychological counseling, according to the release.

He had been employed as a math teacher and coach at Shore Regional High school, according to the release, which states that O'Leary has not been employed as a teacher at the West Long Branch high school or any other school since September 2004.

Prior to the position at Shore Regional, O'Leary served as a teacher at the grades four through eight Frank Antonides School in West Long Branch.

While teaching at Antonides school, O'Leary met the victim when she was in fourth grade, according to the Prosecutor's Office.

Through his role as a teacher, O'Leary used this opportunity to develop a controlling and manipulative relationship with the victim, which eventually led to a sexual relationship, according to the release.

During the course of their relationship, there were approximately 16,955 phone calls made between the victim and the defendant, according to the Prosecutor's Office.

In August 2004, the details of the sexual relationship were discovered by the victim's parents, who brought the matter to the attention of the West Long Branch Police Department, according to the release.

After an investigation by the department and the Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit of the Prosecutor's Office, O'Leary was arrested on the charges.

During his guilty plea, O'Leary acknowledged in court that he engaged in a sexual relationship with the student, according to the release.

As a condition of his guilty plea, the state dismissed indictment 06-11-02632, which charged O'Leary with second-degree official misconduct, second-degree endangering the welfare of a minor and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact, according to the release.

That indictment had involved a second victim, according to the release.

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