Burlington County teacher, Jersey City educator accused of sexually assaulting students
Two New Jersey teachers are facing accusations that they sexually assaulted students.
Vincent Root, a special education teacher at Chatsworth Elementary School in Burlington County, was arrested Thursday morning after prosecutors say he assaulted seven students.
Root is now on administrative leave and banned from school property.
Woodland Township Superintendent Misty Weiss released a statement which reads, "We are deeply concerned about the allegations against Mr. Root and have fully cooperated with authorities. We care deeply about the wellbeing of everyone in our community and have resources available to help you process this information."
In Jersey City, Public School 34 substitute teacher Fayez Yassa is accused of assaulting two of his elementary students.
Yassa was arrested on two counts of sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
The school district says Yassa was fired.
The two arrests come after two teachers in the Rochelle Park School District, a father and son, were charged with child porn.
According to the Bergen County Prosecutor's Office, Jeffrey Grossman, 65, and Steven Grossman, 24, were using the internet to view, download and possess sexually explicit items depicting children.
Police did not say what led to the accusations but had already spent months investigating the younger Grossman for internet child sexual abuse.
Jeffrey Grossman, who also serves as the Tenafly Town Council president, taught social studies while his son worked as a substitute teacher for the district.