Defecating superintendent sues over release of photo
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey school superintendent who pleaded guilty to defecating on another high school’s track has sued the local police department for releasing his mug shot to news outlets.
Thomas Tramaglini said in a federal lawsuit that Holmdel police violated his constitutional rights by taking the picture and then releasing it after he was issued summonses last year.
The suit said Tramaglini’s due process rights were violated and alleged New Jersey law prohibits the taking of mug shots for low-level offenses.
Tramaglini resigned as superintendent of the Kenilworth schools, and his attorney said he is now working outside the education field.
“Nearly a year after his ordeal began, today Dr. Tramaglini fights back against the police misconduct that has altered his life forever,” attorney Matthew Adams said. “He is severely underemployed and is fighting for any semblance of normalcy he can create for himself and his family.”
The Tramaglini case received national exposure after details came to light. The suit alleged the negative publicity damaged his reputation and was the result of the police department’s “unauthorized, intentional, reckless, malicious, and unlawful conduct.”
Tramaglini was issued summonses after police said he repeatedly defecated on the Holmdel High School track.