SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – The arrest of South Plainfield High School English teacher John Angeline has sent shock waves throughout South Plainfield. Students, parents and teachers were stunned to hear the news Angeline; a well-known high school English teacher had been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor for the past five years.
According to the Middlesex County Prosecutors Office, Angeline began sexually assaulting the child beginning August 2010, when the child was 15 years old.
“This is my daughter’s English teacher," said Kelly Apgar-Addario on TAP into South Plainfield’s Facebook page. Comments like Addario’s were being repeated throughout the community and the internet as residents tried to come to grips with the shocking news.
"The South Plainfield School District is cooperating with the South Plainfield Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office," said South Plainfield Acting Superintendent Thomas Gialanella. "As of yesterday, Mr. Angelina, as proscribed by law, is suspended with pay until further notice."
Angeline is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick. "John Angeline has been suspended with pay, accusations are only accusations until this case goes before a court of law, he is innocent until proven guilty" stated Board of Education President Debbie Boyle.
Angeline began working as a substitute teacher in South Plainfield in September 2005, and started full time as an English teacher at the South Plainfield Middle School in February 2006. He has worked at the high school since 2008.
The investigation is active and is continuing. Anyone with information may contact Detective McNelly of the South Plainfield Police Department at (908) 226-7688, or Detective Stilwell of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-8675.
Angeline, 40, was charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Angeline are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.