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Published On: Sat, Oct 6th, 2012

3 New Jersey teachers arrested for sex with students, Principal and Asst also charged with covering it up

Three New Jersey high school teachers were arrested Thursday on charges of having sexual relations with three students, according to the Camden County Office of the Prosecutor.

Catherine DePaul, Triton Principal, accused of assisting in the cover-up of the teachers involved in the Triton sex scandal facebook photo

The principal and vice-principal also were arrested and accused of failing to report the inappropriate relationships to the proper authorities, Prosecutor Warren Faulk said at a press conference.

Those arrested were: Jeff Logandro, 32, Dan Michelli, 27, both math teachers at Triton Regional High School in Runnemede, were arrested, along with physical education teacher Nick Martinelli, 28. Principal Catherine DePaul, 55 and Vice-Principal Jernee Kollock, 39, will be charged as well.

Authorities conducted a two month investigation after a student told a substitute teacher in April about the “inappropriate relationships between male teachers and female students.”

The sub notified the Principal DePaul, who failed to contact law enforcement or the state protective services program.

After meeting with the students who claimed they had “hooked up” with the teachers, Vice-Principal Kollock “stayed in the room with the student, advised her on what to write and corrected versions of the student’s account.”

Prosecutors said Kollock admitted that she tried to protect the teachers.

“Our investigation revealed that despite rules and regulations prohibiting it, the improper relationships between the teachers and students were fostered through social media as well as socializing in person outside the school,” the prosecutor said. “Indeed, we uncovered evidence of exchanges of sexually explicit text messages during instructional periods.”

The suspects were released on their own recognizance, with their next court date set for October 13.

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Dan Michielli, NJ Math teacher

The teachers — all in their 20s or early 30s — are accused of a range of inappropriate behavior with several female students who graduated in June and were 17 or 18 at the time, according to the Associated Press.

Jeff Logandro has been charged with official misconduct, criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child. He was a math teacher and girls’ track coach.

Nick Martinelli, a gym teacher, is charged with official misconduct and allegedly touched and kissed a girl while she was a student, then had sex with her after she graduated.

Math teacher Dan Michielli has been accused of having sex with a student multiple times throughout the school year and is charged with official misconduct, sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual conduct.

All three teachers were said to be friends, and allegedly took a trip to Ocean City with their victims, NBC News reported.

DOCUMENT: Read the full charges (PDF)

 

Jernee Kollock

 

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    […] 3 New Jersey teachers arrested for sex with students, Principal and Asst also …The Global Dispatch“Our investigation revealed that despite rules and regulations prohibiting it, the improper relationships between the teachers and students were fostered through social media as well as socializing in person outside the school,” the prosecutor said – Read More […]

  3. CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON says:

    THANKS FOR THE PHOTOGRAPHS, Global Dispatch.

    IT MAKES PERFECT SENSE WHY Vice-Principal Jernee Kollock HELPED ONE OF THE FEMALE STUDENTS “CRAFT” HER STATEMENT – SHE IS NEGRO AND WANTED TO PROTECT HER POSITION! AND, A POTENTIAL ADVANCEMENT TO STATUS AS, PRINCIPAL. TO “RAT-OUT” THREE CAUCASIAN MALES WOULD HAVE “DONE HER NO GOOD.”

    “Our investigation revealed that despite rules and regulations prohibiting it, the improper relationships between the teachers and students were fostered through social media as well as socializing in person outside the school …;” AND, IN REFERENCE TO GYM TEACHER, Nick Martinelli, [HE] “had sex with her after she graduated.” THESE STATEMENTS SHOULD MEAN “CASE DISMISSED!” WE LIVE IN AN AGE IN WHICH [IN PUBLIC] MANY LATE “TWENTY-SOMETHINGS”/EARLY “THIRTY-SOMETHINGS” CAN PASS AS HIGH-SCHOOLERS. [Think about those undercover cops who pose as adolescents in order to TRAP so-called, “pedophiles”]. SINCE SOCIAL MEDIA IS INVOLVED IN THIS CASE, THIS TYPE OF ACTIVITY NEEDS TO BE DE-CRIMINALIZED.

    CHRISTOPHER ALLEN HORTON

  4. Jackie says:

    Too many things at school are covered up all the time, just like the coaches, and preachers.

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