In order to prevent the 15-year-old victim from testifying at Nicole Jacques's preliminary hearing Tuesday afternoon at Souderton district court, Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Matt Quigg dropped 39 felony counts and Jacques' attorney Mark Wilkov and his client waived remaining charges to county court.
As part of her bail conditions, Jacques cannot have contact with the victim, his family and any minor. Futhermore, Judge Ken Deatelhauser said Jacques cannot have any third party act on her behalf, with the exception of her lawyer.
"I believe she (understands)," said Wilkov. "I don't believe there's been any issue."
Jacques, 25, of Hatfield Village Apartments in Hatfield, and a former teacher at in Towamencin, faces 10 felony counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, 10 felony counts of statutory rape, 10 felony counts of unlawful contact with a minor and one felony count of corruption of minors. Jacques will be arraigned July 5 in Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas.
If convicted on all counts, Jacques faces between 253-and-a-half to 507 years in prison, according to Quigg. The involuntary deviate sexual intercourse counts carry a sentence of 100 to 200 years alone, Quigg said.
Jaques committed the offenses after she quit her teaching job, police said.
Quigg said the victim may have to testify in county court. A plea agreement has not been offered, he said.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Jacques had sex 50 times with the 15-year-old male student and each performed oral sex on the other 20 times, all in her Hatfield Village apartment between January 23 and February 9, 2012.
They also exchanged 1,168 text messages between that time and 37 phone calls, according to the affidavit.
On Feb. 10, 2012, the father of the victim came to Hatfield Township Police to report an inappopriate relationship between his son and his former teacher, identified as Jacques, according to the affidavit.
Officer Daniel Tinneny of Hatfield Township Police reviewed Verizon cell phone bills for January, and observed an excessive amount of texts and phone calls coming from Jacques's landline phone and cell phone, according to the affidavit.
Officer Thomas Starner of Hatfield Township Police conducted a follow-up investigation and verified the numbers belonged to Jacques, according to the affidavit.
An interview with Mission Kids was conducted on March 2, 2012 with the victim. The victim told Mission Kids that since May 2011 he and Jacques had engaged in sexual activity, according to the affidavit. He said between February 2011 and February 2012, he and Jacques were involved in a romantic relationship.
The victim revealed the amount of times they had vaginal and oral intercourse at her apartment, according to the affidavit.
Quigg said Jacques was working at a bank prior to her arrest.
Members of Bikers Against Child Abuse Montgomery County were present in the courtroom to show their support of the victim, who was not present at the hearing.
"We try to help (victims) any way we can. We support them," said chapter vice president Dave "Diablo" Rupp, of Perkiomenville.
BACA member John "Inky" White, of Harleysville, said the best thing for everyone to do is break the silence.
"That's directed to anybody out there," Inky said. "It won't stop until you break the silence. Have the balls to speak up."
His wife, Kim "Mrs. Inky" White, said never be afraid to speak up.
"If you see something, don't be afraid. If you know your friend at school is having a problem, speak up," she said. "It's not your fault."
Inky referenced the situation nearby with Skylar Kauffman. He said if you hear a child screaming, investigate it. And if you are afraid to do it alone, knock on a neighbor's door and get help.
"Never assume. If you hear somebody crying or someone in danger, investigate it," he said. "Look out for the welfare of that child."