A school therapist lost her counseling license this week after she pleaded guilty to engaging in a sexual relationship with a student in Bergen County, New Jersey.
“Tara M. Cardinale, 40, who taught at New Alliance Academy in Paramus, agreed to the permanent revocation of her New Jersey license as a condition of her guilty plea in August to criminal sexual contact with a student she counseled,” according to NJ.com.
Investigators say Cardinale invited the 17-year-old to her home in Washington Township several times.
“Police were tipped off to the allegations on Dec. 29 and Cardinale was arrested on Jan. 10,” the NJ.com article said.
Cardinale and the student had reportedly exchanged text messages discussing a possible sexual relationship, Assistant Prosecutor Gary Donatello noted during her detention hearing earlier this year.
The teen, whom authorities identified only as “A.L.,” told police he went to her home twice, according to NorthJersey.com.