Former Raleigh headmistress found not guilty

The trial for a former Raleigh Montessori headmistress accused of aiding and abetting the sex crimes of a teacher under her charge concluded earlier this month and a jury found her not guilty.

Nancy Errichetti, the former head of the Montessori School of Raleigh, was accused of knowing about past abuse of students by one of her teachers and not acting to stop future incidents.

The trial began on July 27 and on Aug. 8 the jury returned a unanimous not guilty verdict after deliberating for just under three hours. Had she been found guilty, Errichetti could was looking at a possible two-year sentence.

Nancy Errichetti was the headmistress of the school when Nicholas Conlon Smith was arrested for sexual abuse of a 14-year-old girl at the school. She was indicted in May of 2018 on charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and aiding and abetting taking indecent liberties with a child.

Smith was arrested in 2017 on over 30 child sex crime charges. In August of 2020, he took a deal and entered a guilty plea.

In 2018, the family of the girl sued Errichetti, claiming in their filing that she knew about the relationship between Nicholas Conlon Smith and the girl and did nothing to stop it.

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