NEW BRUNSWICK - A Sayreville high school teacher was arrested on charges of engaging in inappropriate conduct and sexual contact with several high school students, Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said in a statement Friday afternoon

Eric Pieklo, 50, of South Amboy, the wood shop teacher at Sayreville War Memorial High School, was arrested on four counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and five counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual contact with female students between the ages of 16 and 18 years of age, Carey said in a joint statement with Sayreville police Chief John Zebrowski.

Carey said Sayreville Detective Sean McGrath and Detective Mark Morris of the prosecutor’s office investigated the case. They determined that from January through this month, the defendant engaged in inappropriate conduct with three female students at his workshop in South Amboy, as well as at the Sayreville War Memorial. 

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This included the inappropriate touching of the female students as well as inappropriate comments made to those students, the prosecutor said.

He said the investigation began when Sayreville police responded to a report from school officials regarding one of its teachers.

Carey said Pieklo also provided two students, one of them a male, with marijuana and alcohol at his workshop.

Pieklo has been suspended with pay from Sayreville War Memorial, where he was employed as a tenured wood shop teacher for 14 years, authorities said.

He is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick pending his initial court appearance Saturday.

Carey said the investigation is continuing, and urged anyone with information about this case to call McGrath at (732) 727-4444 or Morris at (732) 745-4194.

Second-degree crimes carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison upon conviction.