NJ: Defense Attorneys Challenge Prosecutor’s Jurisdiction in Paramus Catholic Sex Case | NorthJersey.com | KIBRET MARKOS | 6/5/12

Map of New Jersey highlighting Bergen County

Map of New Jersey highlighting Bergen County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Defense attorneys argued that Bergen County prosecutors have no authority to charge Artur  Sopel and Michael Sumulikoski,  two employees of a Paramus high school who are accused of having sex with at least three students, then between the ages of 16-18, while chaperoning a school exchange trip to Germany. Bergen County prosecutors,argued that they have the authority to charge because the state has a strong interest in protecting its children.

Both men were suspended without pay after their arrests. A Bergen County grand jury returned an indictment in December charging Sopel and Sumulikoski with several counts of sexual assault and child endangerment. Sopel also is charged with witness tampering.

Sopel, 32, of River Edge, was the vice president of operations at Paramus Catholic High School. Sumulikoski, 28, of Elmwood Park, was a substitute teacher and an assistant football coach.

While the age of consent in New Jersey is 16, it is a crime for an adult to have sex with a person under the age of 18 if the adult has supervisory authority over the teen. That would include teachers, tutors, chaperones, parents or priests.

For full article see: Judge to determine how NJ law applies in alleged overseas chaperone-student …


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