Toms River Regional Schools Spokesperson Tammi Millar released the following statement on the child pornography charges of an elementary school custodian:
Superintendent of Toms River Regional Schools Frank Roselli states, “On Wednesday, April 26, 2012, we received notice from the Ocean County Prosecutors Office advising us that one of our custodians was arrested for possession and distribution of child pornography. At no time did any of these activities occur on District property.The technology filters we have in place do not allow access to pornographic sites from any of our computers."
Roselli continues, “Upon notification of the arrest, the district has suspended the individual from all contact with the organization until the charges are resolved. The custodian has been employed by the district for seven years and passed the background check required by the State of NJ when he was hired. He was assigned to Walnut Street Elementary School. This afternoon (4/26/12) Principal Kevin Smith and Interim Assistant Superintendent Mr. Pizza met with the faculty and staff at the school. We will be placing a phone call to all Walnut Street parents this evening as well as putting a statement on our web site."
Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford stated: “Tisch is employed as a custodian at the Walnut Street Elementary School in Toms River, and apparently has been so employed for the past seven years. At this point there is no evidence that any children at the elementary school have been in contact with the defendant, or that any of the children are the subject of any images."
Roselli continues, “ The allegations against the custodian are serious, and extremely troubling. If they are proven to be true, then he should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The type of behavior that has been alleged has absolutely no place anywhere in our District. The safety of our students is our highest priority"
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