NEW BRUNSWICK – A former eighth grade English teacher has been sentenced to serve 364 days at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick for improperly touching and kissing a 14-year-old female student nearly four years ago, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan announced today.
James I. Clancy, 36, of Woodbridge, also was placed on probation for five years and will never again be allowed to hold a public job. He surrendered his New Jersey teaching certificate when he pleaded guilty on April 27.
In addition, he will be required to register under Megan’s Law as a sex offender and will be prohibited from having any unsupervised contact with females, age 16 and younger, who are not related to him.
The sentence was imposed by Superior Court Judge Frederick P. DeVesa during a hearing on July 26, at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.
Clancy was sentenced after he waived his right to a presentation of the case to a grand jury in Middlesex County and pleaded guilty to a count each of criminal sexual contact and misconduct in office.
Clancy, who had been a teacher at the Iselin Middle School for about seven years, admitted under questioning that he kissed and touched the student when she was 14 years old for his own sexual gratification. He said the incident occurred in Edison sometime between June 1, 2006, and July 31, 2006.
The plea agreement was reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Christie L. Bevacqua.
Clancy was arrested and charged on Nov. 11, following an investigation by Detective Robert Ptaszynski of the Woodbridge Police Department and Investigator James Kelly of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
The investigation began a few days earlier, when the matter came to the attention of law enforcement.
Clancy was suspended from his teaching post after the charges were filed.
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