TEANECK, N.J. — A New Jersey high school coach has been fired and faces charges following accusations of sexual contact with two teenagers.
The Bergen County prosecutor's office says Teaneck High boys varsity basketball coach Marcelle Williams, 37, faces criminal sexual contact and child endangerment charges.
Teaneck police received allegations that Williams engaged in sexual acts with two teens between the ages of 16 and 18 on "numerous occasions" since November, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said Williams was fired from positions as coach and as a paraprofessional teacher's aide.
"Our primary concern is the health and welfare of our students," the school's Supervisor of Community Relations, Terry Corrallo, said.
In addition to police, all parents of the students involved were notified by Teaneck Schools.
"We took these allegations very seriously and followed all proper protocols (contacted DCCP, the Teaneck Police Department and the parents of the students involved). He was immediately suspended at that time (on March 11) as coach and as a contracted para-professional," Corrallo said.
Williams, a Teaneck graduate on championship teams in the 1990s, had just completed his first coaching season. The team went 21-7, reaching the sectional finals.
Williams is scheduled to make his first appearance before a Bergen County Superior Court judge Friday morning.
He remains housed in the county jail.
Earlier this school year, a Teaneck substitute agreed to surrender his teaching license after facing charges of sexually assaulting a 6-year-old girl. Ronald Kraus, 43, is now serving five years of probation.
Associated Press contributed to this report.AlertMe