- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 28, 2014

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) - Grand jurors in Monmouth County have cleared two New Jersey school officials of covering up allegations of a sex assault.

Former Wall Township school superintendent James Habel and his assistant, Sandra Brower, were charged with official misconduct. It was alleged the pair conspired to cover up an allegation that a teacher had molested a 4-year-old. The allegation turned out to be unfounded.

A grand jury in May had indicted the pair. But Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni tells the Asbury Park Press (https://on.app.com/19YEkMI ) his office learned of new evidence and was obligated to present it to a new grand jury.

Brower expects to return to her job as Lacey Township school superintendent.

Habel faces a separate indictment charging him with fraud.

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Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, https://www.app.com


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