High School Chaperones Accused of Sex With Students

By Brian Thompson
|  Wednesday, Apr 6, 2011  |  Updated 11:36 AM EDT
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High School Chaperones Accused of Sex With Students

Bergen County Prosecutors Office

Micahel Sumulikoski (pictured on left) and Artur Sopel (pictured on right) are accused of having sex with three Paramus Catholic school girls on a foreign exchange trip to Europe.

A teacher and the vice president of operations at Paramus Catholic High School in Paramus, N.J., are accused of having sex with three girls on a foreign exchange trip to Europe earlier this year.

Michael Sumulikoski, 27, of Elmwood Park, and Artur Sopel, 31, of River Edge, were chaperones on the high school exchange program trip to Belgium and Germany.

According to a release from Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli, "Sopel is accused of engaging in sexual activities with two separate female students during the trip and Sumulikoski is accused of engaging in sexual activities with one female student during the trip abroad."

Sopel, the vice president at Paramus Catholic, is also accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with a fourth female student in the spring of last year.

She came forward to report his conduct after the allegations from the exchange trip were reported.

That 10-day journey ended with their return to New Jersey on Sunday, February 27.

A few days later, their alleged conduct was reported to the Division of Children and Families Institutional Abuse Unit, and then to the prosecutor's sex crimes unit.

Both men were charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

Sopel was also charged with second-degree sexual assault and third-degree hindering apprehension.

A spokesman for the Archdiocese of Newark says both men are no longer affiliated with the school but declined any other comment.

It was not clear whether the men had lawyers.

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