NEW BRUNSWICK – A New Brunswick High School special education teacher was sentenced Monday to serve 364 days at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center for giving school officials a fake doctor’s note to cover a series of absences from work.
Stanley Williams, 57, of Newark, also was ordered to serve five years’ probation after he completes his jail term, and was fined $655, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced.
In addition, Superior Court Judge James F. Mulvihill, sitting at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick, ordered Williams to surrender his teaching certificate and ruled the defendant may never again hold a public job in New Jersey.
The sentence was imposed after the defendant pleaded guilty on June 18 to a count of uttering a forged instrument. The plea agreement was reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Brian D. Gillet as Williams’ trial was about to begin.
Williams was charged after Investigator Robert Torrisi, of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, and Sgt. Scott Gould, of the New Brunswick Police Department, had determined the defendant obtained a forged prescription blank bearing the name of a Newark pediatrician.
The doctor did not know Williams and did not provide the note, which offered an explanation for Williams’ repeated absences from his job.
Williams gave the note to school officials on June 13, 2007, after he was asked for medical documentation to explain his absences from work. School records showed Williams had missed 33 days, including 23 unpaid days during the 2006-2007 school year.
Williams admitted he intended to deceive the school board when he passed the note, and knew it was falsely made.
Williams’ conduct “was more than a mere administrative disagreement” that could have been handled by school officials, Assistant Prosecutor Gillet said.
“The defendant admitted he committed a crime against the New Brunswick Board of Education by presenting a note that he clearly knew was fraudulent,” Gillet said.
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