ESSEX TEACHER ARRESTED

An Essex Intermediate School 6th grade teacher has been arrested. 35 year old Heather Barton of Aylett, was taken into custody by The Essex County Sheriff on charges related to an alleged inappropriate relationship with a student. The Sheriff’s Office says they received a report of the alleged relationship on Tuesday, November 19th and immediately began an investigation. An Emergency Protective Order was issued against Barton, who was placed on administrative leave by the Essex County Public School system. A warrant charging Barton with Child Endangerment was obtained by the Essex County Sheriff’s Office, and as of Monday afternoon, Barton was released after posting $2,500 secured bond. She is required to now wear a GPS monitoring bracelet, and can have no contact with students. The investigation meanwhile, is continuing.