Woodbridge Teacher Arrested On Sex Charges

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James Clancy (Photo provided by Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office)

James Clancy (Photo provided by Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office)

WOODBRIDGE – Police arrested a Woodbridge eighth grade English teacher who is accused of having sexual relations with a 14-year-old female student three years ago, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Woodbridge Police Chief William Trenery announced today.

James I. Clancy, 35, of Woodbridge, was arrested at Woodbridge Police Headquarters on Nov. 11, and was charged with aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of the child, officials said.

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Clancy, who has been an English teacher at Iselin Middle School for the past seven years, was suspended following his arrest, officials said.

An investigation by Investigator James Kelly of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office and Detective Robert Ptaszynski of the Woodbridge Police Department determined that Clancy had relations with the student in Edison in June 2006, officials said.

Clancy was charged with child endangerment for allegedly making lewd comments and sending lewd e-mails to the student in Woodbridge in June 2006, officials said.

The investigation began a few days ago, after the matter came to the attention of law enforcement, officials said.

Authorities are asking anyone with information about the case to call Investigator Kelly at 1-732-745-3600, or Detective Ptaszynski at 1-732-634-7700.

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Clancy are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty, officials noted.


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