Pope John Teacher was arrested and charged with second-degree harming a child’s welfare, third-degree possession of child abuse, and third-degree invasion of privacy on October 17.
Michael F. Wagner, 39, of Hopatcong, Before joining the academy, he worked for several years at Rev. George A. Brown Elementary School. Being hired at Pope John last year.
He was accused of harming the welfare of others.,children, possessing items depicting Child sexual exploitation or abuse, as well as breach of privacy per The New Jersey Herald, got arrest documents
The Sparta Police Department Detective Bureau and the Major Crimes and High Tech Crimes Unit of the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office established a collaborative investigation in October.
Pope John Teacher Arrested, What Did He Do?
A science teacher at Pope John XXIII Regional High School was charged Monday after officials said he possessed hundreds of photographs and recordings of child sexual assault, including those he reportedly shot of pupils in his classroom and at a school dance.
Wagner, who taught eighth-grade physics and science, used a paper to cover the phone’s screen and had female students go to front-of-the-classroom desks so he could record them from beneath his desk.
According to authorities, Wagner obtained comparable recordings at previous jobs, and devices recovered from his home had many photographs of child sexual assault material.
According to a preliminary law enforcement investigation, Wagner “attempted to conceal, dispose, or destroy evidence” by hiding it under a couch.
A forensic examination of his computer devices revealed that he saw or had less than a thousand items depicting child sexual exploitation or abuse in his control.
Michael Wagner Now- Is He Arrested?
Wagner was arrested and charged with second-degree harming a child’s welfare, third-degree possession of child sexual abuse, and third-degree invasion of privacy on October 17. Taggart stated that he is being held until a detention hearing.
According to Taggart, Wagner faces up to ten years in state prison if convicted of the second-degree offense and up to five years if convicted of the third-degree felonies.
This is a continuing investigation, and anyone with information should call Detective Brian Hassloch of the Sparta Police Department at 973-726-4067, or the Major Crimes Unit of the Sussex County Prosecutor’s Office can be reached at 973-383-1570.
According to Jai Agnish, a spokeswoman for the Diocese of Paterson, Wagner was immediately suspended and notified that he was severely barred from accessing or being on school property or a school function. Wagner was also told not to contact any of the students.