Newark -- Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens, II, and Millburn Police Chief Brian Gilfedder announced today that Millburn High School teacher Mr. Joseph Pedulla, 57, of Monroe Township has been arrested and charged with endangering the welfare of a student at Millburn High School.
Officials say Mr. Pedulla previously taught the victim.
It is alleged that sometime this year, the defendant began repeatedly making inappropriate communications with her.
According to Assistant Prosecutor Jenna Gouck, who is handling the case, Pedulla made sexual overtures to the juvenile victim, who ultimately reported this to Millburn Police.
Pedulla made his first court appearance today.
These charges are mere accusations.
The defendant is presumed innocent unless or until the defendant either pleads guilty or is found guilty in a court of law. The investigation is active and ongoing.