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Caldwell Man Charged With Posession of Child Pornography

Man is a math teacher in Carteret, former sub for Caldwell-West Caldwell Schools.

Story updated on Friday, Jan. 13, at 11:10 a.m.

The following arrest information was supplied by the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. It does not indicate a conviction.

A Caldwell man who worked as a substitute teacher at in West Caldwell in 2010 has been charged for possession of child pornography, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office.

Sean Coghlan, 28, of Caldwell, was arrested at his home on Thursday, Jan. 5 and has been charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child by possessing images and videos of child pornography, a fourth degree offense.

Coghlan was released on his own recognizance.

Coghlan was suspended without pay from St. Joseph’s Elementary School in Carteret, where he is a 5th grade math teacher, according to a report on MyCentralJersey.com.

Caldwell-West Caldwell Schools Superintendent Daniel Gerardi confirmed Thurday that Coghlan worked for the district in May and June 2010 while a third grade teacher at Washington School was on maternity leave.

Gerardi said Coghlan was appointed to a temporary replacement position at Washington from September to November 2010, but resigned prior to the start of the school year.

According to the superintendent, Coghlan worked in a set construction position for the 2010 high school musical production.

To read a portion of a letter sent to parents at St. Joseph’s Elementary School, see the MyCentralJersey.com story.

Coghlan had his first court appearance on Thursday, according to Katherine Carter, spokesperson for the Essex County Prosecutor's Office. Carter said no other date has been set.

ConcernedWC January 14, 2012 at 05:23 PM
Principal should have communicated to parents directly. Most of them found on out the Patch. Still there has been no communication from Mrs. Adams' office. This is consistent with her performance and sour attitude over the past ten years. All parents (and staff I keep hearing) are ready for a leadership change. Maybe the new Supt will address this situation.
Michele Luciano January 17, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Yes thats true! When it comes to our children, it should ALWAYS be a top priority and responsibility first to address the parents of any type of situation that effects our children and occurs within our school and our district. Perhaps too though, this is something that should just come natural as a group effort and from all parties really; principals, board of ed, parents, etc., and that in an effort to help maintain an understanding of whats going on for our children, just incase it hasnt been communicated immediately. Then we wont have to direct and blame a specific person. Teamwork is the best way to make it all come together for the better. Of course this is just another thought really.
Teresa Akersten January 20, 2012 at 12:42 PM
Please keep your comments clean or they will be removed.
Josh Koehler February 07, 2012 at 10:18 PM
Sean was one of my best soldiers and medics while deployed to Iraq. I really hope these allegations are false. I find this so hard to believe. He is such a conscientious, brilliant, and honorable person.
Robert Ziegler April 27, 2012 at 03:29 AM
Coghlan was my go-to medic in Iraq. He always saw to it that we were healthy and fit to fight. I have a hard time believing this one. I hope this isn't true.

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