NJ High School Volleyball Coach Charged with Criminal Sexual Contact and Child Endangerment
A high school volleyball coach from New Jersey was recently arrested and charged due to allegations that he inappropriately touched a 14-year-old girl. According to law enforcement, this case arose in Middlesex County after the man, who is also the coach at a volleyball club in Rahway, took one of the members of his club team to his house, gave her alcohol, and inappropriately touched her. As a result of the allegations, the man is now facing criminal charges for aggravated criminal sexual contact, criminal sexual contact, and child endangerment. The available information did not indicate whether the Division of Child Protection and Permanency (“DCP&P”), formerly known as the Division of Youth and Family Services (“DYFS”), became involved.
Generally, DCP&P only investigates cases in which parents or guardians are alleged to have perpetrated child abuse or neglect. However, there are many people other than biological parents who fall into the category of “parent or guardian,” as defined in New Jersey’s child welfare laws. Specifically, N.J.S.A. 9:6-8.21(a) sets forth that “parent or guardian” means any natural parent, adoptive parent, resource family parent, stepparent, paramour of a parent, or any person, who has assumed responsibility for the care, custody, or control of a child or upon whom there is a legal duty for such care and also includes a teacher, employee, or volunteer, whether compensated or uncompensated, of an institution who is responsible for the child’s welfare and any other staff person of an institution regardless of whether the person is responsible for the care or supervision of the child. And in cases where teachers, school employees, coaches, or daycare employees are accused of abuse or neglect, the Institutional Abuse Investigation Unit (IAIU) of the Department of Children and Families will conduct an investigation to determine whether there was any child abuse or neglect as defined in Title 9.
If you have been accused of child abuse or neglect while acting in the capacity of a teacher, coach, daycare employee, bus driver, or any other capacity, you probably have a lot of questions. At the outset, it is important to know that your case will be assigned to one of four IAIU offices:
- Northern IAIU at 100 Hamilton Plaza, 9th Floor, Paterson, NJ 07505
- Metro IAIU at 2 Gateway Plaza, 8th floor Newark, NJ 07102
- Central IAIU 3131 Princeton Pike, Bldg. 6, Suite 112, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
- Southern IAIU 275 North Delsea Drive, U.S. Route 47, Vineland, NJ 08360
However, before your meet with an IAIU investigator, you should contact the experienced team of child abuse and neglect defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm to learn about your rights and what to do during the investigation. We are available around the clock and are ready to guide you through your IAIU investigation, so call us today for a free consultation.