SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - Former South Plainfield High School English teacher, John Angeline, 44, appeared at a hearing in Middlesex County Superior Court in New Brunswick on Friday where Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Carver said a plea agreement was being negotiated.
In March 2015, Angeline was accused of sexually assaulting a youth at various locations over a period of more than two years – beginning when the victim was a 15-year-old boy. None of the assaults occurred at South Plainfield High School, authorities said.
At the hearing Friday before Superior Court Judge Joseph Rea, Carver said he was preparing to offer Angeline a plea agreement that was “non-custodial,” or in other words would not include a prison or jail term.
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Carver said the agreement also would not include the Megan’s Law requirements that would force Angeline to register as a sex offender.
The recommendations for no-prison sentence or Megan Law’s restrictions would be offered in exchange for Angeline’s guilty plea.
Rea continued the case for another week to permit continued negotiations. Angeline is scheduled to appear in court on Friday, June 28, when the case may be resolved through the plea agreement. At the request of Angeline’s lawyer, Joseph Mazraani, the judge scheduled the hearing for 1:30 p.m.
Angeline is accused of sexually assaulting the teenager on numerous occasions between Sept. 1, 2010, and June 24, 2013
The prosecutor’s office said Angeline was charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, along with criminal sexual conduct.
Police began their investigation after the victim told relatives of the alleged assaults, who then contacted authorities, authorities said.
South Plainfield school officials said Angeline was suspended from his job with pay in 2015.
In June 2017, Angeline’s teaching certificates were suspended by the New Jersey Department of Education's State Board of Examiners on the grounds that his ‘potential disqualification from service in the schools of this state because of his indictment for various sexual offenses provide just cause…’
Last January the Board of Education accepted Angeline’s resignation.