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Feb 13, 2020

Teacher Charged with Lewdness, Endangering the Welfare of a Child

Joshua Eckersley

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley D. Billhimer announced that on February 13, 2020, Joshua Eckersley, 33, of Berkeley Township, was arrested and charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Lewdness.

An investigation by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit revealed that on Sunday, January 12, 2020, Eckersley, a teacher in the Central Regional School District, performed an indecent act in the presence of a minor student while on school property. The investigation was initiated after the minor victim disclosed the incident to authorities.

The Central Regional School District is a regional public school district in Ocean County that serves students in seventh through twelfth grades from the municipalities of Berkeley Township, Island Heights, Ocean Gate, Seaside Heights and Seaside Park.

Eckersley was surrendered by his attorney this afternoon. Eckersley was processed and released pending a future court date.

“I’d like to commend the Central Regional Board of Education and Dr. Triantafillos Parlapanides, Superintendent, for their patience and cooperation in our criminal investigation of Mr. Eckersley,” Prosecutor Billhimer stated.

The public and media are reminded that all defendants are innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.