Ex-School Teacher Accused Of Viewing Child Porn

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Donald G. Mettler (courtesy of prosecutor's office)

PLAINSBORO — A Boy Scout troop administrator and retired Edison school teacher has been arrested on charges of viewing and possessing child pornography, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Plainsboro Police Chief Richard Furda announced yesterday.

Donald G. Mettler, 72, of Plainsboro, was arrested on May 7 and was charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, authorities said.

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He was released from the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick on May 9 after posting $50,000 bail set by Edward Herman, a municipal court judge in Plainsboro.

An investigation by Detective Eric Potts of the Plainsboro Police Department and Karleen A. Duca of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office began when Plainsboro police received a call on May 7, reporting that someone was viewing child pornography on a computer at the Plainsboro Township Public Library.

Mettler was at the library when police arrived, and was charged following the investigation according to authorities.

He currently serves as a committee chairman involved in the administration of the Boy Scouts of America, Troop 2 in West Orange.

He was as employed by the Edison Board of Education from September 1, 1960, until January 31, 1992. He worked as a Spanish teacher and cross-county coach at Edison High School and later worked at the Herbert Hoover Middle School.

Police are asking anyone with information on this or similar incidents to call Detective Potts of the Plainsboro Police Department at (609) 799-2333, or Investigator Duca at the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3600.


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