A New Jersey appeals court has agreed that two high school employees charged with having sex with students on a school trip to Germany can stand trial in New Jersey.

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The two suspended employees of Paramus Catholic High School had argued the state had no jurisdiction because the alleged acts took place in another country.

The appeals court on Thursday upheld a judge's July 2012 determination that the employees had agreed in New Jersey to oversee the children.

Artur Sopel was the school's vice president of operations and Michael Sumulikoski was a substitute teacher and assistant football coach. Both were chaperones on the 2011 trip.

Both men have pleaded not guilty to charges of having sex with multiple students on the trip.

 

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