After recent scandals at both Triton Regional High School and Timber Creek Regional High School, allegations of inappropriate contact have now surfaced at the Black Horse Pike Regional School District’s third high school, authorities said.
A social worker at Highland Regional High School was arrested Tuesday after allegedly engaging in unspecified inappropriate sexual behavior when a male student was at his home, Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk said Wednesday.
Anthony Williams, 52, of the 1200 block of Little Gloucester Road in Clementon, was suspended from his position at the high school following his arrest, as police charged with him third-degree endangering the welfare of a child and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact in the incident.
Anyone with information on any other inappropriate interactions involving Williams is asked to contact Camden County Prosecutor’s Office Detective Colleen McCausland at (856) 614-8000 or Gloucester Township Police Detective Michael Leach at (856) 374-5725.
Williams is currently free on bail, Faulk said.
School administrators issued a statement on Highland's website Wednesday, noting they brought the allegations to police as soon as they learned of the alleged incident between Williams and the student.
"We took immediate steps to suspend the employee involved pending the results of the complete investigation that we are fully cooperating with," Superintendent Brian Repici wrote. "Moreover, we directed the employee not to have any further contact with students and staff, and to stay off all school grounds."
Repici wrote the district wouldn't have specific comment on the situation involving Williams, but noted the district holds teachers and staff to a high standard.
"We take an aggressive stance against any employee who makes inappropriate contact with a student, and this action has resulted as part of those efforts," he wrote in the statement.
The allegations against Williams come just months after the resolution of the Triton sex scandal, when former assistant principal Jernee Kollock resigned her position in exchange for charges against her being dropped.
Charges are still pending against Timber Creek Regional High School teacher David Clune, who has been accused of harassment after allegedly sending 72 text and Facebook messages to ex-students over four days during the July 4th holiday weekend inviting them on dates.