🔻 NJ man accused of keeping stash of child pornography

🔻 Defendant is a public middle school teacher

🔻 Teacher was placed on administrative leave, district says

A 55-year-old middle school teacher in Middlesex County has been charged with keeping child pornography.

Julius Coaccioli, of Woodbridge, has been a science teacher at Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Edison.

Coaccioli was charged with third-degree possession of child pornography, of less than 1,000 images.

Woodrow Wilson Middle School , Edison (Google Maps) (1)
Woodrow Wilson Middle School , Edison (Google Maps)

After receiving a cyber tip from State Police, the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office launched an investigation, involving its Internet Crimes Against Children Unit and Special Victims Unit.

Coaccioli was arrested Wednesday without incident at his home.

He has been placed on administrative leave and barred from all school grounds, according to Edison Superintendent of Schools Edward Aldarelli.

"Upon receiving notification from the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office regarding the arrest of one of our staff members, the district took immediate action," Aldarelli said in an email response to New Jersey 101.5 late Wednesday, adding "The safety and security of our students continues to be our top priority."

Anyone with potential information on the case was asked to call the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 732-745-3140.

NJ teachers and educators caught in sex crime busts

Over the past several years, state lawmakers have taken on the challenge of dealing with accused child predators among the ranks of teachers and educators.

In 2018, the so-called “pass the trash” law went into effect, requiring stricter New Jersey school background checks related to child abuse and sexual misconduct.

The follow individuals were arrested over the past several years. Some have been convicted and sentenced to prison, while others have accepted plea deals for probation.

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