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Jennalin Garcia-Calle, NJ teacher accused of having sex with underage student, arrested in Florida, report says

Jennalin Garcia-Calle CBS New York/Union County Prosecutor

Jennalin Garcia-Calle
CBS New York/Union County Prosecutor's Office

(CBS) - A New Jersey teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student was captured Thursday night at a rehab center in South Florida, CBS New York reports.

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U.S. Marshals arrested 28-year-old Jennalin Garcia-Calle after she checked herself into a rehab facility. She is charged with sexual assault after allegedly having sexual relations with a 16-year-old male student.

New Jersey prosecutors said Garcia-Calle had sex with the student several times on campus while teaching algebra at Plainfield High SchoolCBS Miami reports.

"It was after school, the door was locked, the window was blocked," Union County Prosecutor Theodore Romankow said. "The fact that someone would be that brazen to do this is very troubling."

Investigators said Garcia-Calle fled to South Florida last week after an arrest warrant was issued in her name. Detectives were able to track her down through her cell phone and text messages, according to CBS Miami.

"She had told either friends or associates that she was going to South Florida to get help," said U.S. Marshal's spokesperson Barry Golden. "Obviously Ms. Garcia-Calle was aware that these charges were forthcoming. She was aware that she was probably going to be in a lot of trouble and that's when she fled the New Jersey area."

Prosecutors also said Garcia-Calle reached out to the student before fleeing, asking him to get rid of evidence.

"He was under intense pressure by the teacher over the course of the weekend to eliminate some of the evidence which he did not do," Romankow said.

The sexual affair came to light when the boy told his parents, CBS New York reports. The Plainfield School District put Garcia-Calle on immediate administrative leave, pending the criminal investigation.

Garcia-Calle is now being held on $200,000 bail, according to CBS New York. She will have an extradition hearing on Monday and is expected to be extradited to New Jersey this week.

  • Crimesider Staff

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