Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina announced that a Berlin man has been indicted on charges of having a sexual relationship with a student while working as a teacher at Rancocas Valley Regional High School.
A grand jury indicted Gary Jiampetti, 44, on two counts of Official Misconduct (Second Degree). The indictment was returned August 31 and signed by First Assistant Prosecutor Philip S. Aronow. An arraignment will be held soon in Superior Court.
The investigation began after the BCPO and the Mount Holly Township Police Department received complaints that Jiampetti was behaving inappropriately around female students. The investigation determined that a consensual sexual relationship existed between Jiampetti and a female student during the 2019-20 school year.
The investigation revealed that the relationship resulted in the student receiving favorable academic treatment. School officials cooperated with law enforcement throughout the investigation.
Jiampetti, who taught health and physical education, was charged in July 2020. He is no longer employed by the district.
The investigation was conducted by the BCPO and MHTPD, with assistance from the Berlin Township Police Department and the Lower Camden County Regional Special Response Team. The lead BCPO investigator was Detective Erica Ridge. MHTPD investigators included Lieutenant Clifford Spencer, Detective Nicholas Dell-Priscoli and School Resource Officer Deborah Murillo.
The case was presented to the grand jury by Assistant Prosecutor Stephen Eife, supervisor of the BCPO Major Crimes Unit – Special Victims Section.
An indictment is an accusation. Defendants are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty.