Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey and Chief John Zebrowski of the Sayreville Police Department said today that a Sayreville War Memorial High School teacher has been arrested and charged with engaging in inappropriate conduct with several high school students.
According to authorities, Eric Pieklo, 50, of South Amboy, the Woodshop teacher at the Sayreville War Memorial High School, was arrested and charged today with four counts of endangering the welfare of a minor in the second degree, and five counts of engaging in criminal sexual contact in the fourth degree with female students between 16 -18 years of age.
The investigation began when Sayreville Police responded to a report from school officials regarding one of the teachers.
Their investigation determined that from January 2018, through December 2018, the defendant engaged in inappropriate conduct with three female students between the ages of 16-18 at his workshop located in South Amboy as well as at the Sayreville High School. This included the inappropriate touching of the female students as well as inappropriate comments made to those students.
Officials say Pieklo also provided two students, one of which was a male student, with marijuana and alcohol at his workshop located in South Amboy.
Pieklo is currently suspended with pay from the Sayreville War Memorial High School where he was employed as an Woodshop teacher for 14 years with tenure. He is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick pending his initial court appearance tomorrow.
The investigation is active and is continuing.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective McGrath at (732) 727-4444 or Detective Morris at (732) 745-4194.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Pieklo are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.