NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Sayreville War Memorial High School's Woodshop teacher has been charged with multiple counts stemming from inappropriate contact with students in what the Middlesex County Prosecutor called "a pattern of official misconduct."

Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said today that a Sayreville War Memorial High School teacher Eric Pieklo, 51, of South Amboy, has been indicted for child endangerment, criminal sexual contact, and official misconduct for engaging in inappropriate conduct with several high school students.

Pieklo was charged today with five counts of endangering the welfare of a child in the second degree, seven counts of criminal sexual contact with students in the fourth degree, six counts of official misconduct in the second degree, and one count participating in a pattern of official misconduct in the second degree.  In New Jersey, "Official Misconduct in the Second Degree" could carry a five-year prison sentence.

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The indictment was handed up following a presentation to the grand jury by Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Jody Carbone.

Pieklo was indicted following an investigation by Detective Sean McGrath of the Sayreville Police Department and Detective Mark Morris of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.

The investigation determined that from June 2018, through December 2018, Pieklo engaged in inappropriate conduct with three students at his workshop located in South Amboy as well as at the Sayreville High School. This included the inappropriate touching of students as well as inappropriate comments made to those students.

Pieklo also provided two students with marijuana and alcohol at his workshop located in South Amboy.

He remains suspended with pay from the Sayreville War Memorial High School where he was employed as a Woodshop teacher for 14 years with tenure.

The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information is asked to call Detective McGrath at (732) 727-4444 or Detective Morris at (732) 745-4194.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Pieklo are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guil