Sayreville High School Teacher Charged With Sexually Assaulting 16-Year-Old Students

Jaclyn P. Melillo (Photo courtesy of Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office)

Jaclyn P. Melillo (Photo courtesy of Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office)

SAYREVILLE — A high school teacher has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting two 16-year old boys on separate occasions, Acting Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey and John Zebrowski, Chief of the Sayreville Police Department, announced today.

Jaclyn P. Melillo, age 25, of Sayreville was arrested and charged on Thursday, Oct. 10, with two counts of sexual assault, a second-degree offense, and two counts of endangering the welfare of each child, also a second-degree offense.

Melillo, who is employed as a special education and English teacher at Sayreville High School, was charged following an investigation by Investigator James Kelly of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, and Detective Lou Becker of the Sayreville Police Department.

During the investigation, it was determined that Melillo allegedly sexually assaulted both boys individually on multiple occasions during the summer of 2013.

Sayreville High School initiated an investigation and referred the matter to the Sayreville Police Department.

Melillo is being held at the Middlesex County Adult Correction Center in North Brunswick. Melillo is being held in lieu of $200,000 bail. Sayreville Board of Education has suspended Melillo with pay.

Authorities are asking anyone with information on these or similar incidents to call Investigator Kelly of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3600, or Detective Becker of the Sayreville Police Department at (732) 525-5464 .

As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Melillo are merely accusations and she is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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