Sunday, September 2, 2012

Union County teacher charged with sexual assault of 14 yr old girl

Union County NJ Sept 2 2012 A teacher in Union County who also runs a baseball academy in Parsippany was arrested yesterday and charged with aggravated sexual assault for an alleged sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl, prosecutor Theodore J. Romankow said.

Robert Gervasi, 48, of Bloomfield, taught at Kawameeh Middle School in Union and is the owner of the Ablaze Softball/Baseball Academy in Parsippany, Romankow said.

Authories said Gervasi has been suspended from the Middle School with pay. According to public records Gervasi has been with the district for nine years and earned a salary of $72,110 last year.

Gervasi was arrested yesterday in Union Township while attempting to meet with the victim, a 14-year-old girl from Union County who prosecutors say he began a relationship with earlier this summer.

The sexual contact occurred in parks in Union Township, at his baseball academy in Parsippany and at a condominium in Hoboken, prosecutors said.

Union Police Department and the Union County Prosecutor's Office learned of the abuse earlier this month and launched the investigation. All alleged criminal acts, including those that occcurred in Morris and Hudson will be prosecuted in Union County, Romankow said.

"This kind of foul behavior will not be tolerated," Romankow said. "Rather than being a resposnible adutls this teacher robbed a young girl of her childhood innocence."

Gervasi is being held in lieu of $400,000 bail at the Union County Jail.

Romankow encouraged anyone with information to contact Detective Patricia Gusmano at (908) 527-4589 and Detective Lenny DiGenna from the Union Police Department at (908) 851-5000.

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