Teacher gets 7 years for sexually assaulting female teen student

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MAYS LANDING, NJ —A Delaware man who was formerly a teacher has been sentenced on charges of the Aggravated Sexual Assault of a female under 16 years old, Acting Atlantic County Prosecutor Cary Shill announced.

On January 21, 2022, Thomas Herlihy, 37, of New Castle, Delaware, was sentenced before the Honorable Dorothy Garrabrant, J.S.C. Judge Garrabrant sentenced Herlihy to 7 years and he must serve 85% pursuant to the No Early Release Act. On August 5, 2021, Herlihy entered a guilty plea of first-degree Aggravated Sexual Assault.

Herlihy’s sentence is to be served at the Avenel facility because he was found to be repetitive and compulsive sex offender. Herlihy will be subject to Megan’s Law registration and Parole Supervision for Life, as well as being prohibited from any type of contact with the victim pursuant to Nicole’s Law.

The charges are a result of an investigation into an alleged sexual relationship that Herlihy had with a juvenile female under the age of 16 at the time. Herlihy had supervised the juvenile female while she was a student at the school where he was a teacher. The investigation was conducted by the Delaware State Police, the FBI and with the assistance of the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office.  The multi-jurisdictional allegations and investigation led to Herlihy being charged with multiple acts of sexual penetration that he committed against the juvenile victim while they were visiting Atlantic City together on or about June 1, 2016.

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Assistant Atlantic County Prosecutor Marisa G. McGarvey represents the state in this matter.