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East Orange Teacher Arrested on Child Pornography and Drug Charge was from Roselle

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ROSELLE, NJ - Justin W. Bozinta, 37, of Roselle, who is a physical education teacher at Costley Middle School in East Orange and head wrestling coach at East Orange Campus High School was arrested Friday, Feb. 13, by the Division of Criminal Justice, assisted by the Roselle Police Department. An investigation revealed that several images of child pornography allegedly were uploaded by Bozinta to a Google+ photo account using a computer located at a school facility. 

While searching Bozinta’s home on Sheridan Avenue in Roselle, as part of the child pornography investigation, detectives found an indoor marijuana growing operation with a major “grow room” equipped with a special ventilation system, high-powered lights and chemicals to encourage plant growth. Approximately 40 growing marijuana plants were found, along with packaging materials.

Bozinta was arrested on charges of possession of child pornography and operating a marijuana production facility. In addition, he was charged with second-degree possession of a weapon in the course of committing a drug offense, because numerous guns were seized in his home. The detectives and officers seized seven handguns, four rifles, a shotgun and a homemade silencer. Bozinata was charged with possession of a prohibited device, a fourth-degree offense, in connection with the silencer.

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“Our investigation is ongoing and we will continue to follow all leads to expose the full scope of Bozinta’s alleged drug dealing and involvement with child pornography,” said Director Elie Honig of the Division of Criminal Justice. “He already faces a first-degree drug charge carrying a sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison, but it is critical that we determine if others were involved and whether his conduct impacted students in the district. 

Acting Attorney General Hoffman and Director Honig urged anyone who might have additional information related to this case to contact the Division of Criminal Justice confidentially at its toll-free tip line 1-866-TIPS-4CJ. Additionally, members of the public can log on to the Division of Criminal Justice webpage at www.njdcj.org to report information confidentially.

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