Dickinson High School teacher arrested for alleged student sexual assault

On Feb. 3, at approximately 7:45 p.m., members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested Hoboken resident Francisco Realpe, 43, on charges involving the sexual assault of a 17-year-old female student at Dickinson High School in Jersey City, according to a press release from the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

The prosecutor’s release identified Realpe as a teacher at Dickinson. According to LinkedIn, Realpe is a health and physical education teacher at the school.

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The alleged sexual assault was first reported to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office on Jan. 31,  by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP).

Realpe has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, a second-degree crime; criminal sexual contact, a fourth-degree crime; and endangering the welfare of a child, a second-degree crime.

Following his arrest, Realpe was transported to the Hudson County Correctional Facility in Kearny pending his first appearance.

Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit for the investigation and arrest with assistance from the Hoboken Police Department.

The above charges are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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