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School chief doesn’t explain public defecation at hearing

UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2018

Thomas Tramaglini (Holmdel Township Police Department)
Thomas Tramaglini (Holmdel Township Police Department)
Associated Press

HOLMDEL, N.J. – A school superintendent accused of repeatedly relieving himself during early morning workouts and leaving piles of his own feces next to a track at a New Jersey high school didn’t explain his behavior during a brief court hearing Tuesday.

Thomas Tramaglini is charged with public defecation, lewdness and littering. He appeared before a municipal court judge Tuesday morning.

Authorities say surveillance video caught Tramaglini in the act in late April following an early-morning run at Holmdel High School’s athletic facilities. Police said staff members were watching to see who’d been leaving human feces on the property.

The 42-year-old Tramaglini is superintendent of the Kenilworth school district, about 25 miles away. He’s on paid leave from his $147,000-a-year job.

At Tuesday’s hearing, Tramaglini’s attorneys said they’d only been shown part of the surveillance video. The judge told attorneys for both sides to address the issue and return for a hearing at a later date.

Tramaglini and his attorneys didn’t comment as they left the courthouse.

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