NEWARK, NJ - In a press release sent out by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office, Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Millburn Police Chief Brian Gilfedder announced that Millburn High School teacher Joseph Pedulla, 57, of Monroe Township has been arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a student at Millburn High School.

In the press release, Stephens and Gilfedder said that Pedulla had previously taught the victim. 

The allegation against Pedulla states that sometimes this year, he began repeatedly making inappropriate communications with the victim in question.

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According to Assistant Prosecutor Jenna Gouck, who is handling the case, Pedulla also made sexual overtures to the juvenile victim, who ultimately reported the to Millburn Police, leading to Pedulla's arrest. Pedulla made his first court appearance today.

As the press release noted, all charges are mere accusations. The defendant is presumed innocent unless or until the defendant either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law. Prosecutors also announced that the investigation is active and ongoing.