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Ex-Triton Teachers Get House Arrest, Probation for Student Relationships

'...This incident is going to be the one thing you're remembered for,' a judge tells Jeffrey Logandro and Daniel Michielli, both of Blackwood, as they're sentenced in a Camden courtroom Friday.

Jeffrey Logandro and Daniel Michielli, two former teachers who pleaded guilty to charges surrounding improper relations with students at Triton Regional High School, were sentenced Friday to 30 days of electronically monitored home detention and three years probation.

Both defendants sat silently in court Friday during and after their sentencing for third-degree conspiracy to commit official misconduct. Michelli, 27, of of Blackwood, sat on the left side of a Camden courtroom, alone, staring at the floor, as about a dozen supporters and families of the victims, two teenage girls, sat on the right side. He wore a light tan suit and tan striped tie.

Logandro, sat silently next to his attorney, Len Biddison, staring at a table as Biddison implored Superior Court Judge Thomas A. Brown Jr. to consider his client's "spotless" criminal and professional record and only impose two years of probation.

Both Logandro or Michelli declined to say anything when the judge asked them if they had a statement. Then Brown spoke.

"The relationship between a student and a teacher is sacred," he said. "You have violated that trust. For all the good that you've done as teachers, this incident is going to be the one thing you're remembered for."

Brown also cited a statement from Logandro's victim, read by Assistant Camden County Prosecutor Mark Chase, as summing up the keys to the case.

"Her reputation, integrity, self-respect and image have all been compromised by her teacher who we all knew so well and loved," Chase said. "Looking back now, I can see why she never wanted to get up and go to school during her senior year. Now I know how she spent her senior year in high school, being afraid of you, your actions toward her and the pressure from you to keep your secret."

Logandro and Michielli walked out of the courtroom 15 minutes after the proceedings, uncuffed, accompanied by a sheriff's deputy. They walked down a long hallway to the elevator and refused to comment when asked questions about how they felt and why they got involved sexually with students.

Triton has dealt with the fallout of the scandal since it came to light in October 2012. Logandro, Michielli and gym teacher Nicholas Martinelli were accused of varying sexual encounters with students. Principal Catherine DePaul and vice principal Jernee Kollock were accused of covering up the crimes.

All three teachers and DePaul have already pleaded guilty to lesser charges in the case. Martinelli was the latest. He admitted in court Thursday to hindering an investigation into his alleged improper relationship with a student, and immediately resigned his position.

Charges against Kollock are pending.

The three students involved in the case, whose identities haven't been released, filed a tort notice announcing their intention to potentially sue the school district over the matter. All of the teens graduated from Triton in 2012.

For past coverage of the Triton Teacher-Student Sex Scandal, see: 

Greg March 16, 2013 at 05:36 AM
No One Is Paying Attention There are three reasons why New Jersey is a hotbed of corruption: 1.) it has a history that is less than pure, 2.) it has more municipalities (566) and other governing bodies than your average state, and 3.) people tend to ignore what goes on in a state sandwiched between two powerful cities: New York and Philadelphia. Going back at least to the early 1900s and the days of Frank (“I am the boss”) Hague of Jersey City, the state has been known as a place where government officials could enrich themselves at the public’s expense. When this kind of reputation lives on for so long, many in government start thinking that taking a bribe is acceptable. Even the public begins to buy in to this thinking. Compounding this is the sheer number of governing boards — counties, towns, school committees, autonomous agencies, zoning boards — all of which have a say over whether vendors get contracts or builders get permits. No news outlet or prosecutor can possibly keep watch over all these agencies and their officials. Legislators simply need to reduce the number of municipalities in New Jersey, but efforts to do so have run head on into the state’s long and hallowed tradition of home rule.
Greg March 16, 2013 at 05:44 AM
Too many Jersey politicians see their election as a right to take what they can get for themselves, their backers, friends and family — the spoils of victory like some gang of marauding invaders. It’s the opportunities to work the system from the inside that provide the payback (a golden retirement package and lifetime health care for the retiree and the family, not bad for part-time work). Regardless of how these cases conclude, the public understandably is alarmed about both the perception and reality of corruption in New Jersey. Perhaps we have too many layers or divisions of local, county and state government, with each level offering a criminal temptation. Perhaps we need additional laws curbing the influence of money and politics.
Greg March 16, 2013 at 06:14 AM
It's all about who you know! These boys must be part of the click. A PR firm was hired. Somebody wanted to protect the boys and the Administrators and make sure the court didn't go to hard on them.
Greg March 16, 2013 at 06:35 AM
I'm with Jane B. This was wrong what they did to all those kids. Totally Petty and it was obviously personal. Hopefully things will turn around for their favor.
Matthew1987 March 16, 2013 at 02:21 PM
You might want to look up the definition of the word "pedophile".
Matthew1987 March 16, 2013 at 02:28 PM
If this were male students and a female teacher, people would be saying, "Those boys are lucky."
Paul J. DiBartolo March 16, 2013 at 03:12 PM
So, what are you saying, Matthew? If your junior or freshman son is serviced by his female teacher...great job, son, a chip off the old block; and if you junior or senior daughter gets done by her male teacher, great job, honey, just like your mom? Did you think before you wrote that comment?
Schu March 16, 2013 at 03:35 PM
The message about this case is, fool around and you will only get 30 days of house arrest.
Paul J. DiBartolo March 16, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Hopefully they will never swing from the government teat again...
Matthew1987 March 16, 2013 at 05:22 PM
@Paul J. DiBartolo I wouldn't say that, but many people would -- if it were male students and a female teacher. Look at the news articles on such cases. The comments sections are full of such comments.
Angie Jones March 16, 2013 at 06:24 PM
I pray to God Matthew doesn't have kids.
Angie Jones March 16, 2013 at 06:26 PM
So, DevilMayhem, you have no problem with your daughters getting screwed by their teachers- as long as they're over 16?
Schu March 16, 2013 at 06:29 PM
Not this state government. My two concerns are they relocating far away and this happening again. Second are we the GT taxpayers on the hook for Depauls pension?
Paul J. DiBartolo March 16, 2013 at 06:29 PM
The impression you left from your original comment was that you were kind of giving it a pass because it wasn't so bad and you seemed to be quoting others to justify that opinion. Did I misread you? Forget about others, I can neither control what they think and say, nor do I think I could ever engage them in an intelligent conversation when they think such. I asked you. Additionally, your attempt to separate between what might be okay for a boy versus a girl will not fly. Allow me a moment...what's wrong with a teacher taking advantage of a 17-year old girl under his care that for some reason is okay when it's a female teacher taking advantage of a teenage boy? When that boy grows up and marries a young woman, is it too hard to believe that maybe there's something left over in his mind from those kinds of experiences? I think, given the choice, I'd rather see my daughters marry young men who never had that particular experience you suggest might not be so bad.
Charles Mihalitsch March 16, 2013 at 06:49 PM
Greg I was talking about Janes neighbor who she was defending. I think the teachers got off way too easy!
mathforeveryone March 16, 2013 at 09:53 PM
They should have to file as sex offenders!
mathforeveryone March 16, 2013 at 09:57 PM
If it was my daughter, I would be the one leaving in handcuffs!
Marcheal Gideon March 17, 2013 at 02:33 AM
Female teacher would have got jail time for this.
Matthew1987 March 17, 2013 at 07:43 AM
@Paul J. DiBartolo You know, I'm not disagreeing with you. As for my original comment... I suppose there are two ways it could have been interpreted, that it wasn't so bad, or that both are bad. I meant the latter. I think the punishment the teachers in this case recieved was reasonable. If the girls were underage, that would warrant more severe punishment.
Matthew1987 March 17, 2013 at 07:45 AM
I don't. But don't worry, I don't approve of this.
Matthew1987 March 17, 2013 at 07:55 AM
To the people saying these teachers got off easy: The reason they got off easy is the girls weren't underage. If they were underage, this would be a different story.
Matthew1987 March 17, 2013 at 07:58 AM
A female teacher would have gotten even less.
Schu March 17, 2013 at 12:56 PM
Going full circle, do we the taxpayers have to pay for depaul's pension?
DevilMayhem666 March 17, 2013 at 02:34 PM
When did I say that student-teacher relationship was okay? But is it worthly of severe pushiment? If its 100% mutual, no of course not.
DevilMayhem666 March 17, 2013 at 02:51 PM
There is really no point in it. The young women were over the Age of Consent and since they are never going to teach again it makes it impossible for them to repeat their crimes.
Lauren Burgoon March 17, 2013 at 03:21 PM
Under NJ law, it cannot be 100% mutual, though. The teachers have supervisory power over the students, so if students are under 18 (even if they're 16 or older), they cannot legally consent. That's why both teachers here were originally charged with criminal sexual content. NJ's sexual assault laws are laid out here if anyone is interested: http://www.njcasa.org/sexual-violence-nj/new-jersey-law
DevilMayhem666 March 17, 2013 at 05:31 PM
@Lauren Burgoon: Well, I wasn't speaking in terms of legality.
Michael March 18, 2013 at 01:14 PM
Those three girls are as guilty as the teachers. It's not like they're naive teens. They were seniors at the time, young adults about to enter the real world.
Schu March 30, 2013 at 05:40 PM
Disgraceful.
ell June 30, 2013 at 10:04 PM
I am sorry but those girls are old enough to know what they were doing. It takes two to tango. Stop acting like they are soooo innocent.

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