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    Filed at 12:30 pm under by dcobranchi

    A local (alleged) pervert in the local g-schools.

    An assistant principal at Pine Forest High School was charged Friday with taking indecent liberties with a student.

    The assistant principal, Elazzoa McArthur, 32, is accused of engaging in sexual acts with the student, a 17-year-old girl, since November, court documents say.

    McArthur was suspended without pay Thursday, McPhaul said.

    That “without pay” thing is somewhat unusual. I wonder if it’s because he’s a vice principal and not a classroom teacher.

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    February 5th, 2006
    at 11:58 am

    ZAHN: Tonight a former New Jersey music teacher is behind bars in a Texas jail cell suspected of committing shocking sex crimes. By all accounts, William Thompson was well respected and popular with the students, but after several young girls began to speak out he’s now a wanted man in the New Jersey town where he once taught.

    Here is Allan Chernoff.


    ALLAN CHERNOFF, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice over): The scandal at Somerville High began with e-mails a parent of a graduating senior discovered last summer. The 43-year-old music teacher, William J.R. Thompson had allegedly sent suggestive messages to one of his students, according to the school board’s attorney.

    MICHAEL ROGERS, SOMERVILLE SCHOOL BOARD: They were clearly inappropriate communications between a teacher and a student, and based on that we immediately suspended him.

    CHERNOFF (on-camera): Of a sexual nature?

    ROGERS: They were close enough that they were of a sexual nature, yes.

    CHERNOFF (voice over): Rogers said the school had no idea how big the scandal would become. As Somerville High moved to fire Thompson they brought in police to investigate, who found three other girls who had allegedly been far more involved with their music teacher.

    The county prosecutor yesterday charged Thompson with sexual assault allegedly having sexual intercourse at the high school and at his home with students who were 15 and 16 years old during the past two years, as well as with a 17-year-old student nine years ago.

    The sex appears to have been consensual the prosecutor says. But he charges the acts were criminal because Thompson was their teacher, and Prosecutor Wayne Forest suspects more girls were involved.

    WAYNE FOREST, SOMERSET COUNTY PROSECUTOR: We’re hoping that there is other victims that we don’t know about at least at this time would in fact come forward affirmatively come forward, contact law enforcement, and let us know that they, too, have been victims of this man.

    CHERNOFF (on-camera): Thompson’s mother runs a school of music a few blocks away from the high school. She wouldn’t speak on camera but told us for the past two months her son has been in rehab.

    Late Thursday William Thompson was arrested at the Sante Center outside of Dallas. A facility that treats a variety of addictions, including sexual disorders.

    (voice over): Thompson’s attorney had no comment. But people in town who know the teacher find the charges hard to believe.

    MICHAEL TARENTINO, CONNIE’S MUSIC CENTER: I know he has a wonderful family. And he’s a product of an excellent family background. These allegations are complete surprise.

    CHERNOFF: Thompson’s students have only good things to say about him.

    NICK FUSCO, SOMERVILLE’S H.S. SENIOR: He was a good teacher. He knew what he was talking about. He was very friendly. He didn’t give anybody any problems or anything like that. But other than that he was a great person.

    CHERNOFF: Thompson is in a Texas jail and will be brought back to New Jersey to face sexual assault charges. If convicted, he could face up to 20 years in prison.

    Allan Chernoff, CNN, Somerville, New Jersey.