School paraprofessional charged with sexual abuse

GEORGETOWN – Town of Georgetown police Tuesday arrested a 23-year-old Millsboro woman employed by the Indian River School District for alleged sexual abuse of a student.

Nicole DeGirolano faces four counts of sexual abuse of a child by a person in a position of trust, authority or supervision, according to School Resource Officer Detective Joey Melvin of the Georgetown Police Department.

An investigation by Georgetown Police Department revealed that DeGirolano engaged in sexual acts with a 17-year-old male student who was enrolled at her assigned school, Det. Melvin said.

While having sexual relations with the victim, DeGirolano was employed by the Indian River School District as a paraprofessional, Det. Melvin said.

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Nicole DeGirolano

DeGirolano was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court No. 3 and committed to Sussex Correctional Institution in lieu of $80,000 secured bond.

Following is a statement from the Indian River School District provided by school district spokesman David Maull:

“Nicole DeGirolano has been placed on unpaid leave pending the outcome of the investigation. For the current school year, she is a paraprofessional at Long Neck Elementary School. However, as an important point of clarification, at the time of the alleged incidents she was a paraprofessional at the district’s Accelerating Pre-Literate English Language Learners (APELL) program at the G.W. Carver Center in Frankford.”

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