Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk reported two former teachers and the principal of Triton High School pleaded guilty Monday to charges related to inappropriate activities between the teachers and female students.
Jeff Logandro, M/32, of the first block of Nicole Court in Blackwood, and Daniel Michielli, M/27, of the 2500 block of Wimbledon Way in Blackwood, both former Triton math teachers, each pleaded guilty to a count of 3rd degree Conspiracy to Commit Official Misconduct Monday. Both men must forfeit their jobs with the Black Horse Regional School District and will be barred from holding public employment in the State of New Jersey. They also each agreed to 30 days detention.
The two men admitted to engaging in improper and physical relationships with two female students from Triton High School while holding an official position of authority over those students. Logandro admitted in his plea to engaging in illegal activity from November 2011 to June 2012. Michielli admitted to illegal activity from January 2012 to June 2012.
Logandro and Michielli are scheduled to be sentenced March 15. They will receive between one to five years probation at the sentencing.
Catherine DePaul, F/55, of the 500 block of Hancock Court in Woodbury, the high school’s former principal, also pleaded guilty Monday, to a disorderly persons offense, Failure to Report a Crime. Superior Court Judge Thomas Brown sentenced DePaul to a year probation and required she forfeit her position as high school principal and will be disqualified from holding any public employment in the State of New Jersey.
In April 2012 a female student told a substitute teacher at the school that there were teachers engaging in sexual contact with students. The substitute reported this information to DePaul, who in contravention to her legal responsibilities, failed to contact local law enforcement or the state Division of Children and Families and inform either of the allegations.
Two other defendants in the case are still facing charges.
Nick Martinelli, M/28, of the 300 block of Windsor Drive in Cherry Hill, is accused of Official Misconduct, also for engaging in inappropriate sexual activity with a female student.
Jernee Kollock, F/39, of the 100 block of Bert Road in Williamstown, a vice-principal at the school, is charged with Official Misconduct.
All persons charged with criminal offenses are innocent unless and until convicted in a court of law.