A New Jersey man pleaded guilty this week to charges related to an incident at one of the schools in the district over which he was superintendent at the time.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 42-year-old Thomas Tramaglini was arrested after staff at Holmdel High School had been finding what appeared to be human feces on the field.
After police increased surveillance, they identified the then-superintendent as the suspected culprit.
According to the New York Post, Tramaglini will be required to pay $500 in fines as well as associated court costs as a part of a plea deal that also required him to confess to charges including public lewdness and littering.
His defense attorney described the public defecation as a bout of diarrhea associated with frequent running.
“There’s no evidence he was ever a serial offender,” Matthew Adams argued.
He further took issue with the assertion that his client could have used nearby restroom facilities, saying that Tramaglini did not know they were there and “was not certain he would have made it” even if he had known about them.
The lawyer went on to say that he felt comfortable going to trial to prove his client’s story, but the plea represented the toll this process has taken in Tramaglini’s life.
“That story needs to be told,” Adams said. “So much went on today [in court] that flies in the face of everything, unfortunately, he’s been through. He’s been through hell and back. He deserves a story that tells the accurate picture.”
As NJ.com reported, Tramaglini is planning to sue the Holmdel Township Police Department for releasing his mugshot following his arrest. He resigned from his post as Kenilworth School District superintendent weeks later.
[Featured Image: Thomas Tramaglini, Holmdel Township Police Department]