A Sayreville Middle School has been accused of sexually abusing a former student.
New Jersey Teacher, Wrestling Coach Charged with Sexually Abusing Student During Private Coaching
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Sayreville Middle School teacher John Denuto has been charged with sexually abusing a former student during private coaching lessons. Denuto was arrested on February 15 and was charged with sexual assault, filming child pornography, endangering the welfare of a child, and possession of child pornography.
Denuto has coached wrestling and football at 15 different New Jersey high schools. He is accused of offering private coaching lessons to a former Sayreville Middle School student in October 2016, who had graduated from the eighth grade earlier that year.
The accuser came forward in January and told a friend about the alleged abuse. That friend convinced the accuser to tell his mother.
According to the accuser, he went to Denuto’s home in the summer of 2016 for lessons and Denuto would give him massages, which eventually progressed to the victim being nude. Denuto is also accused of sexually abusing the boy during these lessons.
The victim was between the ages of 13 and 15 at the time of the alleged abuse. Denuto is accused of taking photos of the alleged abuse.
Denuto was formerly a head wrestling coach at Sayreville High School, but was not rehired in 2009 after parents of team members accused him of conducting strip searches of wrestlers. He was transferred from the high school to the middle school as a teacher.