What to Know
- A New Jersey elementary school teacher has been arrested after allegedly possessing child pornography, according to police sources
- Pasquale Bernaldo-Antonelli taught at a school in Tenafly for seven years, and was a popular teacher among students
- He has since been suspended by the school district and remains behind bars at Bergen County Jail
A New Jersey elementary school teacher has been arrested after allegedly being in possession of child pornography, according to law enforcement sources.
Pasquale Bernaldo-Antonelli was picked up by police at his house Thursday morning before heading to his job as a fifth grade teacher at Ralph S. Maugham Elementary School in Tenafly, police sources said.
Prosecutors allege Antonelli possessed about 60 files of child pornography.
Parents said Antonelli, who taught at the school for seven years according to the district's website, was a popular teacher among students, and many were troubled by the accusations. He has since been suspended by the school district.
In a statement, Tenafly Public Schools Superintendent Shauna DeMarco called the arrest “of great concern to the Tenafly Board of Education and the entire Tenafly community.” The school also said that administration will meet with parents and guardians of students who had Antonelli as a teacher.
The teacher, who lived in Garfield, remained behind bars at the Bergen County Jail. It was not immediately clear if he had an attorney.