Coach sentenced for improperly touching NJ teen

June 20, 2009 1:20:46 PM PDT
A former high school wrestling coach who inappropriately touched a teenager while showing him a takedown maneuver has surrendered his teaching certificate. Joseph Mauro, a Lacey Township resident who coached at St. Joseph's High School in Hammonton and was a math teacher there, also was ordered Friday to serve 364 days in the Atlantic County Jail and three years' probation. However, Mauro will not have to serve any jail time as long as he either works or attends school full time.

The 31-year-old initially was charged with aggravated sexual assault in the January 2008 incident involving a 15-year-old boy at a wrestling practice.

However, he pleaded guilty in April to child endangerment, admitting he used excessive force and had contact "with (the victim's) private area."

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Information from: The Press of Atlantic City, http://www.pressofatlanticcity.com

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