NJ teacher faces more charges for student interactions

March 8, 2011 5:04:03 AM PST
Camden County authorities have announced more charges brought against a Pine Hill art teacher in connection with his interactions with underage students.

Charles Reilly, 42, is now charged with having inappropriate conversations both in person and online with nine additional male victims ranging in ages from 12 to 15. Some of these interactions may have taken place over a period of two years.

He has been charged with nine counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a 2nd degree charge.

"He was persuading young boys ages 12 to 15 to masturbate and then to describe the circumstances to him," Camden County Prosecutor Warren Faulk said.

Along with victim statements, investigators have retrieved digital copies of such conversations conducted through Facebook chats and in one case an undercover investigator posing as an adolescent boy participated in an explicit online conversation with Reilly.

He was also charged with three counts associated with the creation and distribution of child pornography after investigators received information Reilly attempted to get an underage male to take explicit photographs of himself and send them to Reilly. Investigators also found child pornography at Reilly's home.

The nine new victims appear to all be current or former students of the Middle School.

"We were kind of surprised nine came forward after the initial story took place, but we often find there are multiple victims in these types of cases," Faulk said.

Reilly was charged March 3 with 2nd degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child after a student alleged Reilly had inappropriate conversations of a sexual nature with him both in person and online. An investigation was initiated after the child reported the conversations to his parents.

Reilly is also soccer coach at the school and a town councilman in Pine Hill.

Action News wanted to discuss the allegations with him, but Reilly refused to come to the door at his home.

A family friend, however, came to his defense.

"He's a wonderful guy, he's helped numerous kids in the neighborhood. He's just a great guy," Colleen Naylor said.

She said she does not believe any of the allegations.

Action News reached out to the Pine Hill Superintendent, to the mayor, and to all of the other members of council, but none got back to comment.

Authorities are still working to determine if there are other people who have had similar interactions with Reilly. Information about other incidents that may involve Reilly may be given to Camden County Prosecutor's Office Investigator Fawn Ackerman at (856) 225-8400 or Pine Hill Police Detective Charles Stettler at (856) 783-1549.