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Triton Teachers Plead Guilty to Sex Scandal Charges

Teachers Jeffrey Logandro and Daniel Michielli both entered pleas to a downgraded charge in court Monday in Camden. They'll be sentenced to short jail stays or house arrest next month.

Update, 6:20 p.m.: 

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Two Triton teachers and a principal implicated in either participating in or covering up relationships between the teachers and students entered guilty pleas today in Camden.

Teachers Jeffrey Logandro and Daniel Michielli pleaded guilty to one third-degree conspiracy to commit official misconduct. They'll be sentenced March 15 and both face a 30-day jail sentence served in county jail, at home or through another jail program. The state did not object to home electronic monitoring in lieu of jail.

Suspended Triton principal Catherine DePaul also pleaded guilty to a disorderly persons offense for failure to report to law enforcement allegations of child abuse or neglect. She was immediately sentenced to one year of probation and forfeited her right to hold public positions in the future.

Three Triton Regional High School teachers and two administrators were suspended with pay after the scandal broke in October 2012. Logandro and Michielli were charged with varying degrees of inappropriate contact with students; teacher Nicholas Martinelli is charged with official misconduct. 

DePaul and Triton vice principal Jernee Kollock, who allegedly knew about the teachers' relationships with the students, but did not report them to authorities, also were charged. 

Kollock and Martinelli did not enter pleas Monday. Their cases appear headed to the grand jury.

The alleged sexual relationships between teachers and students took place between November 2011 and June 2012, according to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office.

Logandro and Michielli's victims were 17 at the time. Both men originally were charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child and official misconduct and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact. Michielli faced an additional count of second-degree sexual assault.

Both DePaul and Kollock were also charged with second-degree official misconduct, and a disorderly persons offense of failing to report the teachers' misconduct.

The penalties could have been much stiffer for Logandro and Michielli especially. Each second-degree crime carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years.

This is a developing story with live updates. Stay with Patch for additional info. 

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Pete Heinbaugh February 13, 2013 at 12:38 AM
Maybe, as part of their plea agreements, Logandro, Michielli, and especially DePaul were made to tell the prosecutors who else knew about the misconduct and when they knew it. Failure to report to law enforcement allegations of child abuse is a crime. I wonder if there are still many more shoes to drop.
Darren Gladden February 13, 2013 at 03:39 AM
I hear you but when you write "WHO DO THESE TEACHERS, VP AND PRINCIPLE AND BOE THINK THEY ARE?? NOT FOR THE KIDS, thats for sure. They are what we THE PEOPLE give them permission to be. No one takes a stand!! No one speaks out for these kids!! Can there really be good people in positions of authority ANYWHERE ???...................Post under a real name if you ASKING for people to stand up and fight cause what I have find out if you do STAND up and fight the system all they do is BEAT you down . ..........Just care , I do
Joe February 13, 2013 at 12:59 PM
Maybe they just got a slap on the wrist because the un-named girls have some responsibility in this also. They are not stupid, at thier age they knew exactly what they were doing. And if anyone goes to jail, then they're names need to be made public also, fair's, fair.
DevilMayhem666 March 02, 2013 at 08:44 AM
16 is the Age of Consent in NJ and this wasn't rape.
DevilMayhem666 March 02, 2013 at 08:46 AM
Because the students were above the age of consent. It seems fair to me.

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