JACKSON — The vice president of the Board of Education has been charged with cyberstalking and accused of sending images of an individual’s “private parts” without their permission.
Monmouth County Grand Jury Indictment Charges Tara Rivera With Fourth-Degree Cyber Harassment Allegations She Sent Photos Of Individual Identified Only By Initials JD To Another Individual Identified Only as NK on March 27, 2020, via social media or electronic device.
The photos were sent “with the intent to hurt emotionally or cause NK to fear physical or emotional harm,” according to the indictment.
The genders of JD and NK have not been disclosed.
Rivera also faces a third-degree invasion of privacy charge for sending JD’s photos “in an act of sexual penetration or sexual contact” without their consent.
“The District has been notified by law enforcement that Vice Chairman of the Board, Tara Rivera, has been charged with cyber-harassment through a social network. Because this is a case court pending, we will not comment further,” district spokeswoman Allison Erwin said. New Jersey 101.5.
Rivera began his fifth year on the board in January. She has two children and has lived in Jackson for 25 years.
The Lakewood Scoop was the first to report on the indictment.
Dan Alexander is a reporter for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]
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