August 20, 2013
FORMER MONTVILLE FIRST GRADE TEACHER INDICTED FOR ALLEGED AGGRAVATED SEXUAL ASSAULT ON FORMER STUDENTS
Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Montville Police Chief Richard Cook announce Jason Fennes, 39 years old, of Bloomfield, New Jersey, was indicted today on charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault, Sexual Assault, and Endangering the Welfare of a Child as a result of allegations of abuse made by four former students. The acts allegedly occurred during the defendant’s tenure as a first grade teacher at the William Mason Elementary School in the Montville Public School District between 2005 and 2008.
An investigation into this matter was launched in December of 2011 by Detective Edward Mitreuter of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Detective Sergeant Christopher Keezer of the Montville Police Department. The defendant was initially arrested on March 5, 2012.
Defendant was indicted on three counts of First Degree Aggravated Sexual Assault; eight counts of Second Degree Sexual Assault; and four counts of Second Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
The State is represented by Supervising Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Meg Rodriguez.
Anyone with information relating to these charges is urged to contact Sergeant Susan Johnson of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit at 973-829-8234 or Sergeant Christopher Keezer of the Montville Police Department at 973-257-4113.
Acting Prosecutor Knapp thanks the Montville Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, whose efforts contributed to this result.
The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at 973-285-6252 or [email protected].