A former drama teacher at Old Bridge High School was sentenced to five years probation Monday after pleading guilty to having sex with one of her 17-year-old students.
Lisa Glide, 35, of Howell pleaded guilty in June to fourth-degree endangering the welfare of a child. The Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office requested a prison term of up to 364 days, but Superior Court Judge Frederick De Vesa determined Glide should only receive probation, citing her mental and physical state while the student was “very aggressively pursuing her.”
De Vesa said Glide suffers from depression and has cancer. Additionally, De Vesa reportedly said Glide led an “exemplary” life before she began her sexual tryst with the teenage student in the spring of 2008.
The student at the center of the case, John Munson, told the judge he felt as though, “the entire case was blown out of proportion.” Munson said he was “17 1/2 at the time and very able to take care of myself.” In addition, he said he was the “initiator” and admitted to the judge that even when Glide refused his advances, he pursued her anyway and even looked up her address on the internet so he could visit her at home.
Prosecutors, however, argued that Glide was the adult in the situation and said she should have stopped the affair before it even began.
Glide told the judge if she was in better mental shape, “it never would have happened” and said she “shouldn’t have even been teaching at the time.” Glide has been barred from teaching in the state of New Jersey.