A former Montville first-grade teacher arrested earlier this week on
charges he sexually abused a female student in 2005 was arrested again
Friday night on charges he sexually abused another student, according to
the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office.
Jason Fennes, 37, of Bloomfield, was arrested at about 8:30 p.m. at a
home in Cranford by members of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office
Sex Crimes Unit and the Montville Police Department, according to Capt.
Fennes, formerly of Boonton, was charged with two counts of sexual
assault and one count of endangering the welfare of a child. The gender
of the child was not released, but Fennes is alleged to have committed
the crimes on the student at the William Mason Elementary School during
the 2006-2007 school year.
Fennes is being held in the Morris County Correctional Facility in Morris Township.
Fennes, who taught first grade at William Mason, was arrested last
Monday on charges of sexually assaulting a female first grader at the
school between January and June of 2005.
The prosecutor’s office learned of those accusations in December
2011, according to an affidavit signed by Morris County Prosecutor’s
Detective Anne Marie Truppo and filed in Superior Court in Morristown.
Fennes posted $100,000 bail on those charges earlier in the week.
Fennes’ attorney, Juilian Wilsey did not immediately return an email for comment yesterday.
On Wednesday, however, Wilsey told The Star-Ledger his client was the
target of false "rumors" spread by a man who sent Fennes’ life "into a
tailspin" in 2008 while Finnes was dating the man’s estranged wife.
Wilsey said he doesn’t know whether the man’s alleged harassment of
Fennes is related to the criminal charges, but believed there might be a
He also said Fennes was investigated by the state Division of Youth
and Family Services in 2009 after the unnamed man spread "unfounded
allegations" about him. DYFS exonerated Fennes, the attorney said.
Fennes taught in the Montville school district from 1998 until
leaving in June 2010, Superintendent Paul Fried has said. He taught
first grade at Cedar Hill Prep School in the Somerset section of
Franklin Township from September 2010 until Feb. 21, 2012, when he left,
principal Donald Seeley said.
In: Regional News
Tags: First-grade teacher, sexual abuse charges, NEA, National Education Association, American Federation of Teachers, teachers unions, public school teachers, Public School Teachers
Location: Montville, New Jersey, United States (load item map)
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