ROXBURY, NJ - Roxbury High School Assistant Principal Roger Schneider, facing accusations of sexual assault, has been placed on leave and will not be permitted on school property until further notice, said the school superintendent today.
The announcement, from Roxbury Schools Superintendent Patrick Tierney, was sent to parents over a school district alert system. In making the announcement, Tierney did not mention Schneider by name, referring to the 55-year-old Rockaway Township man as "a district employee."
"Regarding the arrest of a district employee," wrote Tierney. "I want everyone to know that we are conferring with our legal counsel concerning the facts of the active and ongoing investigation released by the Morris County Prosecutor's Office. In accordance with the Roxbury Board of Education policies regarding personnel and disciplinary matters, the individual has been placed on administrative leave until the investigation is complete and is not permitted on district property."
Schneider, also president of the Morris Hills School Board and a former Clifton police officer, sexually assaulted a 15-year-old who was living with him at his home in Rockaway Township, authorities said Saturday. Interviewed by police on April 24, he admitted engaging in the sexual contact, said the Morris County Prosecutor's Office.
Schneider faces charges of endangering the welfare of a child and aggravated criminal sexual contact. Bail was set at $100,000 and Schneider was ordered to have no contact with the victim and to surrender any firearms.