NEWARK — A former Paterson math teacher has lost his education license after pleading guilty to child abuse charges, according to a Department of Education State Board of Examiners decision reached earlier this month.

Romero. (Essex County Prosecutor’s Office)

Abelardo Romero, a former teacher at East Side High School, was accused in 2014 of having a sexual relationship with a student, authorities said at the time.

In January 2015, Romero pleaded guilty to abuse of a child, cruelty/neglect, and was later sentenced to a year of probation, according to the board’s decision.

Romero, who lived Casinomaxi in Montclair when he worked in Paterson, did not respond to several letters from the board asking him to testify about the charges, according to the board’s ruling.

The Board voted to revoke Romero’s teacher of mathematics certificate of eligibility, which he earned in 2011, and teacher of mathematics certificate, which was issued in 2013, the decision states.

Shortly after Romero’s arrest, school officials said he had been terminated. He had taught in the district since 2011.

Romero could not immediately be reached for comment.

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