WOOLWICH TWP. — Kimberly Pinkham, 38, of Mullica Hill, a Kingsway Regional Middle School Library/Media Specialist, has been criminally charged by the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office with Official Misconduct and Endangering the Welfare of a Child after a three-month long investigation assisted by both the Woolwich Township Police Department and the Kingsway School District.
According to the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office, charges were brought against Pinkham for engaging in sexual conduct which impaired or debauched the morals of a 14-year-old student. Pinkham utilized her position within the school district to form an inappropriate instructor/student relationship where she engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with the student both during school hours and after.
Pinkham has been an employee of the Kingsway School District since 2006. Pinkham was suspended with pay by the District on February 14, 2019.
According to an email sent out by Kingsway Superintendent James Lavender, school officials began working with the county prosecutor’s office in February when allegations were first reported to administration. “At that time, it was alleged that Pinkham may have engaged in an inappropriate relationship with a student, for which she was suspended,” wrote Lavender. He added that Pinkham’s suspension included pay pursuant to state law.
Lavender stated that it was his understanding that this was an insolated situation involving only one student. “That said, the allegations are of a very serious nature and are not at all reflective of the mission of the District. Kingsway will not tolerate such behavior and will take all necessary and appropriate action to protect our students.”
Pinkham surrendered at the Gloucester County Prosecutor’s office on May 10 and was released pending a first appearance in Gloucester County Superior Court in Woodbury on June 20.