By Dan Rogers
Derek Hildreth, the former Cedarville elementary school teacher and soccer coach charged with 33 counts of sexual assault and endangering children, is scheduled for a status conference on September 4 at 8:30 a.m. in front of Judge James Swift, according to the officials.
In January, the prosecutor’s office offered Hildreth a plea deal of 30 years in state prison, but the offer has not been taken yet, said Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae.
Details of the bargain have not been specified.
Hildreth is currently being held at the Gloucester County Jail, Webb-McRae said.
Representatives for Hildreth’s public defender declined to comment on Wednesday.
If accepted, the plea bargain would mean a 30-year prison sentence for Hildreth in exchange for pleading guilty to “a package” of charges.
In addition, Hildreth would have to serve 25 years of his sentence before being eligible for parole, and after release he would be subject to both Megan’s Law and parole supervision for life.
Hildreth taught 7th and 8th grade social studies at Myron L. Powell Elementary School for 23 years until his arrest in May 2011. He faces nine counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, 10 counts of second-degree sexual assault, 13 counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child and a single count of fourth-degree endangerment relating to his alleged possession of child pornography.
According to the 12-page indictment, dated Nov. 2, the crimes took place between September 1998 and June 2002, and saw the accused traveling with his victims to Atlantic City and Bridgeton, to Vineland, to Pemberton and to East Greenwich Township (Gloucester County).
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