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Former Phillipsburg HS teacher pleads guilty in alleged tenure scheme

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (Warren County) – A former Phillipsburg high school teacher has pleaded guilty to charges for trying to influence a tenure vote.

George Chilmonik, 75, of Bethlehem, Pa, who was a teacher at Phillipsburg High School, plead guilty Wednesday to one count of second-degree conspiracy to commit official misconduct, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s office.

As a result of Chilmonik’s plea and the considerable cooperation he has provided to this investigation, he will be entered into the Pre-Trial Intervention program, the prosecutor’s office said.

On April 26, 2021, Chilmonik was charged with conspiring with others to threaten to release embarrassing information about another Phillipsburg School District employee, unless that employee took action consistent with their demands to influence a tenure vote, the prosecutor’s office said.

The Warren County Prosecutor’s Office and the New Jersey State Police Official Corruption North Unit conducted the investigation.


Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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