Two staff members for a Bergen County Catholic high school have been indicted for
sex offenses and other charges for their alleged actions with students while chaperoning
a 10-day trip to Europe.
The school's vice president of operations and an assistant football
coach were both arrested after the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office
Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit conducted an investigation into claim
that the men had sex with three students while on the trip.
Prosecutors claim that sexual misconduct took place in Germany while the
group of students was on a trip to Belgium and Germany in February.
The school's vice president of operations, who is from River Edge,
was charged with 12 second-degree sexual assault charges and five counts
of child endangerment. He was also charged with two counts of witness
tampering after he allegedly tried to convince two students to not cooperate
with investigators. The man, who graduated from the school where he was
once a star athlete, was released from jail on $225,000 bail.
Another female came forward after the initial allegations and claimed that
she was sexually active with the vice president of operations when she
was a student at the school in 2010.
The assistant football coach, a 28-year-old man from Elmwood Park, was
charged with three counts of second-degree sexual assault and three counts
of child endangerment.
He also graduated from the school where he was a star football player before
attending Rutgers University.
He posted $50,000 bail and was freed from jail pending a court hearing.
Court dates for both of the men have yet to be set.
Source: Cliffview Pilot:
"Grand jury indictments in Paramus Catholic sex with students case," Jerry Demarco, Dec. 21, 2011