The head of the Montessori school of Raleigh has been indicted in the case involving a former middle school teacher, Nicholas Conlon Smith, who is accused of multiple sex crimes with a student.
Nancy Beth Errichetti, age 55, was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor and aiding and abetting taking indecent liberties with a child.
Errichetti is the “head of school” at Montessori School of Raleigh. The headmistress was arrested and taken to the Wake County Detention Center in where she is being held on a $25,000 bond.
This is the school is where Nicholas Conlon Smith worked as a teacher prior to his arrest.
Nicholas Conlon Smith, 36, was arrested on November 7th, 2017 and originally charged with 16 felony counts of statutory rape with a 14-year-old girl and 4 counts of felony sex offense with a student.
Those charges stemmed from alleged incidents that occurred between August 2011 and June 2012. Wake County Assistant District Attorney Christy Joyce told the court that a second victim has been identified and more charges were likely to come – and they did.
The additional charges bring Smith’s total to 33 sexually related felony counts.
Earlier this month, three parties filed a lawsuit against both Smith and the school.
The lawsuit wants compensation and damages for “severe psychological injuries, personal injuries, and egregious emotional and physical pain and suffering.”
The suit also accuses the school of failing to protect the girls from their abuser and failing to respond to their parents’ discovery of the abuse. The suit claims the school first denied the accusations it and then refused “to take any action with respect to their complaint.”
Thank you for following the Raleigh Montessori School news. The school took down/ deleted the private Facebook account that was the only online option for parents to communicate with each other. There were parents who,months ago went to speak with Ms. Errichetti about the teacher who was accused of sexual abuse. Her response was to deny that there was a problem and refuse to communicate with the parents. Recently she did not renew several teacher contracts for the rest of the year. Those teachers who were essentially fired had expressed their concern to Ms. Errichetti. Many parents have taken their children out of school for obvious reasons . Because you are discussing the legal issues regarding this case it might appear that what I am writing here is hearsay however I urge you to listen to the parental concerns and investigate what lead up to MS. Errichetti being arrested. From the time that teachers and parents told MS Errichetti about their concerns until her arrest those parents and teachers were berated and told that those concerns were not true.
I think it is only fair that I tell you that I am a grandmother of a student who attends RMS.
Thank you for reaching out to me. I will continue to follow this case.