HOLMDEL, N.J. (NBC 4 New York) — A New Jersey schools superintendent is facing public defecation charges after police said he was caught pooping near another school’s track and football field.
Kenilworth Public Schools said in a Facebook post Thursday that superintendent Thomas Tramaglini was placed on paid leave after he was arrested for allegedly defecating at Holmdel High School on Monday.
“Given the nature of those charges, he asked for and was granted a paid leave of absence. (Leaves can only be without pay in the face of indictments or tenure charges, as a matter of state law.),” the district said in the post.
According to police, a school resource officer and staffers at Holmdel High School began surveiling the track after learning that someone was leaving feces on the track and football field “on a daily basis.”
It was during one of the stakeouts that authorities allegedly caught the 42-year-old Tramaglini, of Matawan, in the act.
Police said that Tramaglini was running at the time fo his arrest. NJ.com, which first reported the arrest, school employees were monitoring the track before 6 a.m. when they spotted Tramaglini.
Police would not say whether Tramaglini was suspected in the other fecal finds at the track or how long employees had been staking out the field for the mystery pooper.
In addition to defecating in public, he was charged with lewdness and littering.
An email to Tramaglini seeking comment was not immediately returned.
Tramaglini’s arrest is the latest in a series of incidents where runners were accused of relieving themselves in public. In December, residents in a town outside Buffalo took out a classified ad to tell a jogger to stop pooping on their lawns.