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Elementary School Custodian Charged with Child Porn

Waretown man, an employee at Walnut Street in Toms River, jailed in default of bail

A custodian at the in Toms River has been arrested on child pornography charges.

Stephen Tisch, 27, of Waretown was arrested this morning after members of the Ocean Township police and Ocean County Prosecutor's Office High Tech Crimes Unit executed a search warrant on his Dock Avenue home, Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said.

Tisch is alleged to have distributed pornographic images of children.

“Tisch is employed as a custodian at the Walnut Street Elementary School in Toms River, and apparently has been so employed for the past seven years.  At this point there is no evidence that any children at the elementary school have been in contact with the defendant, or that any of the children are the subject of any images," Ford said.

"However, the Toms River Regional School District has been advised of this arrest, and I have been assured that Superintendent (Frank) Roselli is taking appropriate action to notify parents."

Tisch is currently in custody at the Ocean County Jail after he was charged with one count of possession of child pornography and one count of distribution of child pornography. Superior Court Judge Ronald Hoffman set bail at $75,000, no 10 percent option.

If Tisch were to make bail, he is prohibited from accessing the Internet or having unsupervised contact with children, Ford said.

Tisch is now suspended from his job, according to Toms River Regional.

Toms River Regional Schools said the distribution could not have occurred on school property or using the school's technology.

"At no time did any of these activities occur on District property. The technology filters we have in place do not allow access to  pornographic sites from any of our computers," said Superintendent Frank Roselli in a statement released at 7 p.m.

Roselli said that following the arrest, a meeting was held with faculty and staff at Walnut Street School. Calls to parents were planned throughout the evening and the district created a page on its website for updates.

"This afternoon (4/26/12) Principal Kevin Smith and Interim Assistant Superintendent Mr. Pizza met with the faculty and staff at the school," Roselli said. "We will be placing a phone call to all Walnut Street parents this evening as well as putting a statement on our web site."

“Upon notification of the arrest, the district has suspended the individual from all contact with the organization until the charges are resolved. The custodian  has been employed by the district for seven years and passed the background check required by the State of NJ when he was hired," Roselli said.

Anyone with information relating to the investigation is encouraged to contact Detective James Hill of the Prosecutor's Office at 732-929-2027.

Editor's note: Click here to read the district's statement.

John Anthony April 29, 2012 at 06:34 PM
were not present damn typos.
John Anthony April 29, 2012 at 06:44 PM
anything is possable. but with so quick of an arrest the police and prosicutor had not time to do an investigation. or gather evidence. I surprised they even got a warrent.
Chris May 13, 2012 at 03:46 AM
People are so ignorant, after reading all these posts, you all just assume he is guilty. Not for anything, but a million different things could have happened here. The community doesn't have all the details yet, there can be so many unknown X, Y, Z factors. No one ever clicked a link on their computer by accident, and got linked to some bogus porn site, or anything like that? What if something like that happened here, and that site was flagged by the FBI, and his IP address got recorded, and they looked into it, and it just showed in his history. I get being disgusted of the situation, because I'd be worried if my child went to school there and this happened, but I'd also want all the FACTS opposed to being a Frankenstein mob.
. May 13, 2012 at 03:58 AM
You have a lot more typos than that!
concerned May 13, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Relative or Friend Much Chris .. Please they found evidence of Child Pornography. HELLO.......... Forget the typos no one is a rocket scientist here .. We as a community are worried about not just our own children but all the children .. Forget the typos remarks English Grammar remarks .. Theres alot more to this story I am sure thats going to come out.. Shame on him Clicked the wrong link my behind it happens yes but im sure they investigated it before they CHARGED HIM END POINT..

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