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Newark Public Schools Employee Charged with Touching Boy’s Private Part


Acting Essex County Prosecutor Theodore N. Stephens II and Newark Public Safety Director Brian O’Hara announced today that a Newark Public Schools attendance counselor has been arrested and charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child. 

Officials say Mr. James D. Rone-Lewis, 31, of Newark,  was taken into custody last week without incident.

Officials alleged that on or about October 21, Rone-Lewis brought a student into his office at Avon Avenue Elementary School in Newark and touched the child’s penis.

He has been released on pretrial monitoring pending disposition of the charges. 

He has been suspended without pay by the school and is barred from any contact with the victim or the school.

These are accusations.

All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until they enter a guilty plea or are found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.