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Teacher Accused of Groping Students Arrested in Middlesex County

Teacher Accused of Groping Students Arrested in Middlesex County

Middlesex County, New Jersey: A teacher from the Middlesex County Magnet School district has been arrested by the police after he was accused of groping two students. The Middlesex County prosecutor, Yolanda Ciccone, announced the arrest on Thursday.

The accused is Edward White, and he is charged with two counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact and two counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

As per the prosecutor, the accused was a carpentry teacher at the Perth Amboy campus. He is 56 years old and a resident of Tinton Falls.

It was confirmed in a letter sent on Thursday to the school community that the teacher had been placed on administrative leave. The teacher was barred from entering school property and was not allowed to speak with anyone connected to the district school.

The school district promptly informed the local police after two incidents of inappropriate touch were reported by the students against White. On Wednesday, White turned himself into the Perth Amboy Police Department.

Jorge Diaz, Superintendent of the school, said in a statement, “The district takes any accusation of inappropriate conduct by a staff member seriously, reports incidents to the proper authorities, cooperates fully with law enforcement, and takes immediate personnel action to protect students. Today, the prosecutor’s office disclosed the arrest, which resulted in charges of criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child filed against the teacher. The district anticipates that the prosecutor’s office will issue a statement to the public shortly.”

White is in police custody at the Middlesex County Adult Correctional Center in North Brunswick. He is awaiting his initial court appearance at the Middlesex County Jail.

According to the district website, the Middlesex County Magnet Schools in Edison, East Brunswick, Perth Amboy, Piscataway, and Woodbridge were formerly a part of the county’s vocational-technical school district, which offered occupational training.

According to state records, White began working for this district in 2015 and was paid $80,107 as of 2021.

If you have any information, contact Detective Olivia Ankudowicz of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit at 732-745-8083 or Detective Reymond Nolasco of Perth Amboy at 732-324-3879.

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