May 31, 2012 at 7:01 PM
PATERSON, NJ -Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes on Thursday announced the arrest of a New York City schoolteacher on charges he engaged in sexual conduct with a female relative in Paterson who was nine years old when the alleged incidents began.
The criminal complaint alleges that the sexual conduct occurred with the now 11-year-old child between January 2010 and January 2011. At the time of the alleged offenses, the teacher, 59-year-old Thomas P. Gibbons, of Eastchester, N.Y., would periodically visit relatives in Paterson, New Jersey, according to the prosecutor’s press release.
The charges were filed by the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit. Gibbons was arrested by Eastchester police officers at his home Wednesday evening.
Gibbons is charged with one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Third Degree). The offense carriesa maximum sentence of up to five years in the New Jersey State Prison.
The defendant is a teacher at John F.Kennedy High School in the Bronx, New York, according to the press release. He has been arraigned and is currently awaiting extradition in the Westchester County Jail. Detectives from the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit are coordinating the defendant’s extradition with officials in Westchester County.
The prosecutor’s office is asking that anyone with information about this investigation contact Chief Assistant Prosecutor Joseph A. Del Russo of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit at 973-837-7626 or Passaic County Prosecutor’s Detective James Stolz at 973-837-7736.