WARREN, NJ - A teacher at Watchung Hills Regional High School has been arrested and charged with sending sexually-explicit photos and messages to a student at the school, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.
Sean DiGiovanna, 50, of Renfro Road, Somerset, New Jersey is charged with one count of third-degree endangering the welfare of a child and one count of third-degree degree promoting obscene material to a child under the age of 18. He was lodged in Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing following his Oct. 10 arrest at the Warren Township Police headquarters.
Roberson provided the following account:
On Sept. 11, Warren Township police received a report that a teacher at the Watchung Hills High School, identified as DiGiovanna, had sent sexually-explicit images of himself to a juvenile student.
Additionally, the student reported receiving electronic messages from DiGiovanna indicating he wanted to pursue a sexual relationship.
Communication data warrants were obtained by law enforcement for DiGiovanna’s cellular phone and social media accounts. Forensic examination of DiGiovanna’s phone revealed the sexually-explicit images and text conversations reported by the student.
Robertson requests anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at 908-231-7100 or Warren Township police at 908-753-1000 or via the STOPit app.
The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.
Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.