Police: Retired New Jersey teacher touched student in sexual manner at Summit school

Police have announced a retired drama teacher and theater director at a middle school in Summit has been arrested and charged for alleged sexual contact with a student.

News 12 Staff

Jun 22, 2021, 9:45 AM

Updated 1,025 days ago

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Police have announced a retired drama teacher and theater director at a middle school in Summit has been arrested and charged for alleged sexual contact with a student.
According to police, Ronald Wells, 69, is charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree aggravated criminal sexual contact, and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact following a reported incident in 2016 at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School.
An investigation revealed the incident took place in a private third-floor room of the school. Wells allegedly asked the victim to join him after school hours to model costumes for a school play, and between costume changes, began touching the student in a sexual manner.
Wells was arrested Friday pending a first appearance and detention hearing scheduled to take place in Union County Superior Court.
Anyone with information is being urged to contact Summit Police Department Detective Sgt. Ryan Peters at 908-273-5871.


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