Paterson Catholic Gym Teacher Accused of Sexual Assault



PATERSON, NJ – The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office on Monday arrested man who had been a gym teacher at Paterson Catholic High School and charged him with sexual assault against a former student.

Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes announced the arrest of 37-year-old Scott Alfred Handel at his home in Hewitt, NJ.

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Handel was charged with one count of sexual assault, a second-degree crime, one count of endangering the welfare of a child, a second-degree crime, and one count of criminal sexual contact, a fourth-degree crime.

Handel allegedly assaulted the now 19-year-old victim in June 2010, when she was a 17-year-old junior at the high school, according to the prosecutor’s press release.

The Roman Catholic Dioceses of Paterson closed the school in 2010.

The second-degree charges against Handel each carry a maximum sentence of 10 ten years in New Jersey State Prison, according to the prosecutor’s office. The fourth degree offense carries a maximum sentence of eighteen months.

The prosecutor’s office is asking that anyone with information about the case contact Chief Assistant Prosecutor Joseph A. Del Russo of the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit at 973-837-7626 or at


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