Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Donna Goebel case

A Westampton woman is charged with assaulting a 16-year-old at the school where she is employed.

A 43-year-old Westampton woman was being held yesterday on charges of sexually assaulting a student who attends a school where she worked as a teacher's aide, Burlington County authorities said.

Donna Goebel was arrested Thursday afternoon at her home on Churchill Street and taken to the minimum-security women's facility in Pemberton Township.

Goebel appeared yesterday before Superior Court Judge Thomas S. Smith Jr. in Mount Holly. Bail was kept at $75,000. She also was barred from having contact with any minor child.

Goebel's husband phoned police on Jan. 24 after he found evidence - reportedly sexually explicit photos - that led him to suspect she was having "inappropriate relations" with a student.

The victim is a 16-year-old boy who attends a school for students with special needs, according to media reports.

First Assistant Prosecutor Raymond E. Milavsky yesterday said there were "multiple episodes" of assaults. To maintain the anonymity of the victim, officials of the Prosecutor's Office said they would not release the name of the school or the victim's hometown.

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Note from Gag:
Click here to download, in PDF format, the news release issued by the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office.