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2 Somerset County school coaches charged in connection with sex assault of teen

MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, NJ (Somerset County) – Two coaches at a Somerset County school were charged in connection to the sexual assault of a teen, according to Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

On October 6, a 17-year-old girl reported to Franklin Township Police that she was sexually assaulted by Matthew J. Rennie, 30, of Ringoes, who is employed as a teacher and coach, at a private educational institution in Franklin Township, Robertson said.

The teen was then interviewed by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit and Franklin Township Police Department. As a result of this investigation, she disclosed incidents that occurred in Montgomery Township and in East Amwell Township in Hunterdon County from July 2021 to September 2021, Robertson said.

Rennie was arrested on October 6 and charged with second-degree sexual assault and third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, Robertson said.

It was also determined that Ranait Griff, another teacher and coach at the same school, was aware of the sexual relationship and she was charged with third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, Robertson said.

Both were lodged in the Somerset County Jail pending a detention hearing, Robertson said.

Anyone with information relating to the sexual assault to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes Unit 908-231-7100 or the Montgomery Township Police Department at 908-359-3222 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

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