Former Princeton teacher charged with assault takes plea deal

A former Princeton Public Schools teacher charged with assault has entered a petition to plead guilty.

Tuesday, 63-year-old Kimberly Marie Neubauer formally accepted a plea deal after she was accused of throwing a hockey stick at a child in the spring.

Neubauer was charged in July with third-degree assault, which carries a penalty of up to five years in jail and a $10,000 fine.

Under the terms of her plea deal, she’d serve two days in jail and five years of supervised probation for pleading guilty. Additionally, she’d receive a stay of adjudication, allowing her to maintain a clean criminal record as long as she doesn’t violate her probationary terms. That deal still has to be formally accepted by a judge.

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According to a criminal complaint, surveillance video showed Neubauer forcefully tossed a hockey stick toward a child, hitting the child in the mouth and knocking out a tooth.

She was placed on administrative leave for the rest of the school year during an investigation but then left the district.

Her sentencing is tentatively set for Feb. 23.