Correction: School Staff-Sex Charges story

Associated Press Modified: October 5, 2012 at 6:16 pm •  Published: October 5, 2012
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CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — In a story Oct. 4 about a sex scandal involving teachers and students at a New Jersey high school, The Associated Press made multiple errors. The AP reported erroneously that a prosecutor said rape charges could not be brought against three defendants because the alleged victims were above the legal age of consent. One student with whom one of the defendants is alleged to have had sexual intercourse was under the age of consent, and a sexual assault charge was filed in that case. In addition, the AP erroneously paraphrased the comments of a prosecutor when he said the circumstances were unusual. The prosecutor did not characterize the situation as a case of three sexual assaults by teachers at one school. Only one of the cases involves a sexual assault charge.

A corrected version of the story is below:

3 NJ teachers accused of sex contact with students

3 NJ teachers accused of sexual contact with students; 2 administrators charged with cover-up

By GEOFF MULVIHILL

Associated Press

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Three teachers and two administrators at a New Jersey high school were arrested Thursday on charges stemming from allegations that the teachers had sexual relationships with students and that administrators covered it up.

Each of the five has been suspended from Triton High School in the Philadelphia suburb of Runnemede, and each could face at least five years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutor Warren Faulk said the school had the proper safeguards in place to prevent such conduct but the rules were ignored and a culture was allowed "where teachers thought they could get away with improper relationships with their students."

While cases of sex between students and teachers are not uncommon, having three in one school at the same time is unusual, Faulk said.

"These charges constitute individual personal, moral, legal and ethical failure," Faulk said.

The teachers — all men in their late 20s or early 30s — are accused of striking up relationships with female students during the 2011-2012 school year.

According to court documents, math teacher Dan Michielli, 27, of Blackwood had intercourse with a student multiple times during the school year. He is charged with official misconduct, sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual conduct.

Gym teacher and boys' soccer coach Nick Martinelli, 28, of Cherry Hill is charged with official misconduct involving an 18-year-old. He allegedly touched and kissed the girl when she was a student and had intercourse with her after she graduated in June. Faulk said sex-crime charges could not be filed against him because the alleged victim consented and was 18 at the time of the alleged sexual contact.

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