Prosecutor: Dickinson High School teacher arrested for sexual assault of 17-year-old student

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A Dickinson High School teacher was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 17-year-old student that attended the school, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

Francisco Realpe. Photo courtesy of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Yesterday at approximately 7:45 p.m., members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested Francisco Realpe, 43, of Hoboken, on charges involving the sexual assault of a 17-year-old female student at Dickinson High School in Jersey City, Suarez said in a statement

He was arrested without incident at his home in Hoboken.

The alleged sexual assault was first reported to the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office on January 31, 2020 by the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (DCPP). Realpe was arrested following an investigation by the Prosecutor’s Office SVU.

Realpe has been charged with aggravated sexual assault, criminal sexual contact, and endangering the welfare of a child, officials said.

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

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

The Jersey City Public School district was notified of Realpe’s arrest and said he is no longer teaching at the school, but remains employed by the district pending the results of the investigation.