PERTH AMBOY — A substitute teacher at Perth Amboy High School has been charged with sexually assaulting a female student, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Chief Benjamin Ruiz of the Perth Amboy Police Department announced today.
Anthony Morales, 29, of Perth Amboy also was charged with endangering the welfare of the child for allegedly having relations with the girl at his home on a number of occasions between November 2011 and February 2013.
The defendant, who began working for the Perth Amboy school system in 2006, was being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick after bail was set at $100,000.
He was charged on March 21 following an investigation by Detective Rafaelito Cruz of the Perth Amboy Police Department and Investigator James Kelly of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office.
Investigators allege that Morales developed a relationship with the girl, who is now 17 years old.
Morales had been working at the high school as a substitute teacher. He previously worked full time for the school system, but was released due to budgetary constraints before returning as a part-time substitute. He began his career as a middle school Spanish teacher.
Since he is not a full-time teacher, he cannot be suspended from his job, but was removed from a list of substitute teachers. His last day of work was on Jan. 9, 2013.
Authorities are asking anyone with information that might be relevant to the investigation to call Detective Cruz of the Perth Amboy Police Department at 1-732-442-4400, or Investigator Kelly of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at 1-732- 745-3300.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, Morales is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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