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Accused Mystery Pooper Resigns, Demands $1M

Thomas Tramaglini is suing police in Holmdel, NJ
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 28, 2018 3:00 PM CDT
In this June 12, 2018 photo, Thomas Tramaglini, right, the Kenilworth Schools superintendent accused of defecating on the track at Holmdel High School, makes his initial appearance in Holmdel Municipal...   (Thomas P. Costello/The Asbury Park Press via AP)

(Newser) – The New Jersey school superintendent accused of repeatedly defecating on another high school's track has resigned, per the AP. The Star-Ledger reports the Kenilworth school board accepted Thomas Tramaglini's resignation Thursday. In an email and voicemail sent to staff, the board said it became clear his continued service became "too much of a distraction." Tramaglini is charged with public defecation, lewdness, and littering. A court hearing is pending. Authorities say surveillance video caught Tramaglini in late April following an early morning run at Holmdel High School (but his lawyer says he's only seen "snippets" of the video). Police said staff members were watching to see who had been leaving human feces on the property.

His lawyer, Matthew Adams, issued a statement saying that Tramaglini will continue to fight the allegations and that his resignation should not "be construed as an acknowledgment of guilt." Neither Adams nor authorities have said why Tramaglini allegedly did the defecating. Adams also says Tramaglini plans to sue Holmdel police over the mug shot taken after his arrest, claiming they should not have photographed him at police headquarters because the public defecation, lewdness, and litter charges were low-level municipal offenses. "It's like getting photographed and fingerprinted for a speeding ticket," Adams tells the Star-Ledger. He has filed a tort claim notice that lists potential damages of more than $1 million due to loss of income, harm to his reputation, emotional distress, and invasion of privacy.

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