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Release* ††† ††††††Date: April 22, 2010
††††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* ††† ††††††Date: April 22, 2010
Matthew Smith (DOB 7/10/83) of 435 Hudson Boulevard in the Avenel section of Woodbridge was arrested at his home on April 21, 2010, at 7:20 p.m. and was charged with aggravated criminal sexual contact and endangering the welfare of the child.
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Smith was charged after an investigation by Detective Robert Ptaszynski of the Woodbridge Police Department and Investigator James Kelly of the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office determined that Smith sent sexually explicit communications to the studentís cell phone and, in a separate incident, fondled the student in a vehicle. The incidents occurred in June 2009 when the child was 14 years old.
The investigation began after the childís mother notified school authorities, who contacted police. The mother also contacted police.
Smith began as a student teacher at the middle school in the spring of 2008 and started as a full-time physical education teacher at the school in September 2008.
Anyone with information on this or similar incidents is asked to call Detective Ptaszynski at (732) 634-7700, or Investigator Kelly at (732) 745-3600.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Smith are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.