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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.

EssexCo January 13, 2012 at 01:50 PM
I have a few questions: 1. Who hired this individual? The Principal or Supt.? 2. How was he vetted? Were there any background checks? 3. How did the Principal of Washington School notify parents? Not a question, but a statement, I learn more about Washington School from Patch than from the Principal. Why doesn't she ever try to communicate with parents?
Bill DeFilippo January 14, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Because....didn't you know, the Washington School principal is perfect, runs a perfect school which is void of any social, academic or interpersonal problems. And we, as parents, should be grateful that she is there to oversee our children better than we ever possibly could. Remember, it is her and her alone that is responsible for anything good that comes out of Washington.
John C. January 14, 2012 at 03:15 AM
Two answers for EssexCo.: 1. The Supervisor of Instructional Services hires substitutes. It was Barry Bachenheimer in 2010. The Board of Education approves hires. 2. All school employees are subjected to a NJ State Police background check.
Michele Luciano January 14, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Its only natural we would hear this news on Patch, or any site for that matter, because thats news, whether online or in print. While this article indicates he worked at Washington, it hasnt even mentioned that he worked at other schools, or even ccd classes in town. So, while all the facts arent even present, how can we even make judgments about school officials who may have done everything properly in hiring someone as an educator, who may never even had a record before, so it wouldnt of shown, and well of course if he did and was hired , that would be a different story. The real focus should be on the fact that someone we, as parents and kids trusted has obviously and disgustingly violated one of the worst crimes ever involving children. Thats the real crime here! Whats even more disturbing is not just hearing about this, but knowing he took pictures with our children while at the schools. What we need to do is, not cast blame, but talk with our children and help them understand and make sure thier okay.
Seth R January 14, 2012 at 06:45 AM
Well said michele. The article also failed to mention that he is also an Emt in roseland and served in the Army.
Michele Luciano January 14, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Thank You Seth! As a matter of fact, while talking with my child about this last night, we were even discussing the many times the children at Wilson wrote letters to him while in the Army. You also have to wonder now too, how many children who use facebook have been a friend to him in the past years. Its just really distubing all together. Thanks for posting the additional info. Hopefully now the schools can even have some type of assembly to talk with the children as well. Have a nice day.
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 (Editor) 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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