A former school official in New Jersey is trying to piece his life together following an ignoble arrest that resulted in a guilty plea for defecating under the bleachers at a local school.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 42-year-old Thomas W. Tramaglini was the superintendent of Kenilworth Public Schools during a period in which multiple complaints came in regarding apparent human waste on the property.
Since the story gained widespread attention and his mugshot quickly spread online, his attorneys are now arguing that the unwanted attention effectively ruined his life, according to the New York Post.
“The photograph gave traction to inaccurate media accounts that he had been charged with some deranged, anti-social behavior,” Matthew Adams wrote.
Instead, Tramaglini has argued that his frequent stops to relieve himself were due to a medical condition identified as “runners diarrhea.”
In an interview with NJ.com, he discussed the alleged condition.
“It’s been getting worse as I’ve gotten older,” he said. “But I run 40 miles a week and it’s not like it happens all the time.”
Adams cited evidence that his client’s reputation has been irredeemably soiled as a result of his association with these misleading reports — and because the Holmdel Police Department released his mugshot prior to formal charges being filed.
“There is no way for Dr. Tramaglini to cleanse the internet of what the Holmdel Police Department has so maliciously done to harm him, and the Holmdel Police Department must be held accountable,” the lawyer wrote.
Since his arrest, Tramaglini said he has resigned from a position he loved and his entire family has endured taunts over the nature of his guilty plea.
“I was used for click-bait,” he said. “What I did was wrong, but I had a bathroom emergency.”
[Featured Image: Thomas Tramaglini, Holmdel Township Police Department]