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Former Phillipsburg wrestling coach, teacher gets probation in tenure scheme

PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (Warren County) – A former Phillipsburg High School’s head wrestling coach and teacher received probation after pleading guilty Friday to conspiracy to commit criminal coercion in a scheme where a threat was made to expose embarrassing information unless a school district official took action consistent with their demands to influence a tenure vote, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office.

David Post, 36, of Phillipsburg plead guilty to one count of fourth-degree conspiracy to commit criminal coercion, authorities said.

Post was charged on April 26 with conspiring with others to threaten to release embarrassing information about another Phillipsburg School District employee, unless that employee took action consistent with his and other teachers’ demands to influence a tenure vote, prosecutor’s office said.

“As a result of his plea and the considerable cooperation he has provided to this investigation, he will be entered into the pre-trial intervention program and placed on probation,” authorities said.

Longtime math teacher at the Lopatcong Township school George Chilmonik, 74, of Bethlehem, PA and Scott P. Silvas, 42, of Nazareth PA, whose the assistant wrestling coach and a math teacher, were also charged in the scheme.

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

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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