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NJ Middle School Teacher, Wrestling Coach Arrested for Alleged Sex Assault on Teen

A long-time educator and coach was arrested in New Jersey for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor, officials said

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What to Know

  • A middle school teacher was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor
  • The teacher has also coached wrestling at more than a dozen schools in New Jersey
  • John Denuto, 43, faces multiple charges including sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child

A middle school teacher in New Jersey with experience coaching sports at more than a dozen schools was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor.

The Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office says John Denuto, 43, was arrested Saturday following an investigation that found he allegedly had sex with a minor.

The age of the minor was not disclosed by the prosecutor's office. But reports the charges are related to an incident in October 2016 with a teen between the ages of 13 and 15, at the time.

The prosecutor's office charged Denuto with sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, filming child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Denuto is currently employed as a teacher at Sayreville Middle School in Parlin, New Jersey, and coached wrestling at Union County College, according to the school's website. Union County College fired Denuto after learning of the charges.

"The safety and well being of our students is our top priority. Upon learning of the [criminal] charges John Denuto was terminated as head wrestling coach," said Union County College Executive Director of College Relations Jaime Segal. also reports that Denuto has coached wrestling and football at more than a dozen schools in the area.

News 4 reached out to the Sayreville Public Schools for comment on Sunday but one was not immediately returned.

Attorney information for John Denuto was not immediately known.

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