PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (Warren County) – Phillipsburg High School’s head wrestling coach and another longtime math teacher at the Lopatcong Township school were arrested Monday and charged 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,” Warren County Prosecutor Jim Pfeiffer told lehighvalleylive.com Monday night.
Math teacher George Chilmonik, 74, of Bethlehem, PA and coach David Post, 36, of Phillipsburg were charged after an investigation into allegations that they conspired to threaten, and did threaten a Phillipsburg School District Employee that they would release embarrassing information about that employee if that employee did not advocate for their interests before the Phillipsburg Board of Education, Pfeiffer said.
The teachers claimed they had an email with damaging information about the official that they were prepared to release, but it’s not clear if such an email actually exists, Pfeiffer told the news outlet.
Chilmonik was charged with second-degree official misconduct, third-degree criminal coercion, and third-degree threats and improper influence in official and political matters. He is being held at the Warren County Correctional Center pending a first appearance.
Post was charged with second-degree conspiracy to commit official misconduct, third-degree conspiracy to commit criminal coercion, and third-degree conspiracy to commit threats and improper influence in official and political matters. He is being held at the Warren County Correctional Center pending a first appearance.
“There may be additional arrests,” Pfeiffer told lehighvalleylive.com.
Second-degree offenses carry a maximum of ten years in New Jersey State Prison and third-degree offenses carry a maximum of five years in New Jersey State Prison.
The Warren County Prosecutor’s Office conducted the investigation alongside the New Jersey State Police Official Corruption North Unit.