Pine Hill Middle School teacher Charles Reilly was indicted on 92 counts of child abuse, including sexual assault and child pornography, authorities announced Wednesday.
A grand jury indicted—or formally charged—Reilly, 44, of East Pine Street in Pine Hill, on Jan. 23. The indictments were unsealed Wednesday.
The litany of counts against Reilly surrounds accusations that the art teacher and boys’ soccer coach allegedly victimized youth ages 12-16 during a five-year period.
Reilly was arrested in March 2011 and has been suspended with pay from his teaching position since then, according to Camden County Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk and Pine Hill Police Chief Chris Winters. Reilly also was a Pine Hill councilman at the time of his arrest.
Seventeen separate male students from Pine Hill Middle School presented evidence against Reilly, authorities say. One accused him of sexual touching in June 2007. Authorities alleged Reilly engaged in inappropriate sexual communications with other boys from 2006 until his arrest.
Reilly also reportedly engaged in sexual interactions via the Internet with an undercover officer posing as a student. Reilly asked the officer to delete any communications of a sexual nature, authorities said.
The indictments against Reilly are:
- One count of second-degree sexual assault
- 18 counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child
- 18 counts of second-degree official misconduct
- One count of second-degree attempted endangering the welfare of a child
- Two counts of second-degree luring or enticing a child
- Three counts of attempted creation and distribution of child pornography (a second-degree endangering charge)
- One count of second-degree attempted official misconduct
- Five counts of hindering apprehension
- 42 counts of fourth-degree endangering the welfare of a child
The final 42 indictment counts stem from alleged child pornography. Authorities said the children pictured are not ones Reilly knew.
An indictment is a formal charge against a person, not a judgment of guilt.
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