by: Jake Remaly
Fennes, a Bloomfield resident, 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, Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Montville Police Chief Richard Cook said in a news release.
An investigation was launched in December 2011 by Detective Edward Mitreuter of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and Detective Sgt. Christopher Keezer of the Montville Police Department after allegations were brought to the attention of police by a woman who said a girl told her in 2007 about the alleged abuse.
The woman said she didn’t know what to do with the information at the time, according to the arrest affidavit. Fennes was arrested on March 5, 2012, and charged with assaulting a student, and additional students subsequently came forward accusing him of assault.
Fennes is being held in the Morris County jail on $225,000 bail. An attorney has said the charges could be related to false rumors.
Fennes, who also coached track in Montville, was disciplined and suspended by the school district before he resigned in 2010. Concerns that were raised at the time did not include allegations of sexual contact, school officials said after his arrest. He then taught at a private school until a few weeks before he was charged.
This article was written by Jake Remaly and originally published on patch