WARREN, NJ - Sean DiGiovanna, a Watchung Hills Regional High School teacher, has been arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a child and promoting obscene material to a child, Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of Detectives John W. Fodor and Warren Township Chief of Police William Keane announced on Tuesday.
Sean DiGiovanna, age 50, of Renfro Road, Somerset, sent sexually-explicit images of himself to a juvenile student and the victim reported receiving electronic messages from DiGiovanna indicating he wanted to pursue a sexual relationship, officials said.
Prosecutor Robertson provided the following account:
On September 11, 2019, the Warren Township Police Department received a report that a teacher at the Watchung Hills Regional High School named Sean DiGiovanna sent sexually-explicit images of himself to a juvenile student. Additionally, the victim reported receiving electronic messages from DiGiovanna indicating he wanted to pursue asexual 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 victim.
On October 10, 2019, Warren Township Police detectives arrested DiGiovanna at the Warren Township Police Headquarters without incident. DiGiovanna was charged with one count of 3rd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child and one count of 3rd degree Promoting obscene material to a child under the age of 18. He was then lodged in Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing.
Prosecutor Robertson, Chief Fodor, and Chief Keane request anyone with information to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office at (908) 231-7100 or the Warren Township Police Department 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.