- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A high school wrestling coach and middle school gym teacher uploaded child pornography to the Internet while at a school facility and was later busted with a 40-plant marijuana growing operation, authorities alleged Thursday.

Justin Bozinta, 37, of Roselle, New Jersey, was arrested Friday and charged with possession of child pornography after investigators found he had uploaded several images to a social media account, Acting Attorney General John Hoffman said. Detectives found the grow room in his home when they served a search warrant, Hoffman said.

Bozinta is the wrestling coach at East Orange Campus High School and a middle school teacher at the Costley Middle School in East Orange. The school district didn’t return a call seeking comment.

“It’s appalling that a man entrusted with instructing and mentoring young students as a teacher and coach allegedly was dealing drugs and sexually exploiting children by viewing child pornography online,” Hoffman said in a release. “For a teacher to engage in those crimes, which drive so much harm and abuse of children, is a shocking betrayal.”

Peter Aseltine, a spokesman for the Attorney General’s Office, noted Bozinta is not charged with producing any child pornography.

“We’re not making any allegation that students were involved, but obviously there is concern on behalf of the parents in the district and prosecutors” to investigate further, Aseltine said.

Bozinta, who was at the Union County Jail on $275,000 bail, had not yet been assigned a public defender, Aseltine said.

Hoffman said Bozinta used a school Wi-Fi network to uploaded the images to a Google+ account, but it’s not yet clear where he was.

At Bozinta’s home, authorities found a special ventilation system, high-powered lights and chemicals to encourage plant growth, officials said. They also seized seven handguns, four rifles, a shotgun and a homemade silencer.

He is charged with third-degree possession of child pornography and drug charges that carry a sentence of 10 to 20 years in state prison.

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