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A forty-four-year-old emergency medical technician engaged in an unlawful sexual relationship with the then fifteen-year-old plaintiff, who, after the EMT was convicted, commenced this action for damages against the EMT, who defaulted, and against – among others – the EMT's employer and co-worker. In this appeal, the court held that the trial judge erroneously limited discovery from the prosecutor's office that investigated the crime and, also, prematurely granted summary judgment in favor of the co-worker and employer. These dispositions precluded a full and clear understanding of the extent to which the co-worker and employer knew or should have known of the EMT's unlawful acts, as well as the extent of the co-worker's relationship with the EMT. These limitations hampered the court's determination of whether it would be appropriate to extend the common-law duty imposed in J.S. v. R.T.H., 155 N.J. 330, 334 (1998) (holding that "a wife who suspects or should suspect her husband of actual or prospective sexual abuse of their neighbors' children has [a] duty of care to prevent such abuse") to a co-worker or employer or both. Thus, the orders under review were either reversed or vacated and the matter remanded for further proceedings.