Two teachers with ties to Plainsboro and West Windsor were arrested this month on charges that they engaged in criminal behavior with students.
In one case, Kenneth Shindle, 27, of Plainsboro, a teacher at Hillsborough High School, was arrested for alleged sexual conduct with a 17-year-old female student.
The second case involves Chelsea Hahn, 25, a Ewing High School teacher who had previously worked in the WW-P school district as a substitute teacher for eight months. She was arrested for alleged inappropriate behavior with an underage male student at EHS, according to the Ewing Police.
Shindle, a language arts teacher at Hillsborough High School for the past five years, was charged with two second-degree counts of endangering the welfare of a child.
One count was for engaging in sexual conduct that would impair or debauch the morals of the child, and one count was for causing harm to the child making her an abused or neglected child, said Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey.
An investigation began after the Plainsboro Police responded to a report of a possible dispute involving Shindle and the student on the front lawn of Shindle’s home.
Authorities found that between Jan. 1 and May 7, Shindle engaged in inappropriate conduct, which included unsupervised visits at his home with the underage student, according to an investigation by Plainsboro Police Det. Timothy McMahon and Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office Det. Mark Morris.
Shindle’s attorney, Joseph J. Compitello of Tinton Falls, said his client “categorically denies any wrongdoing with respect to the teen and is confident that he will clear his name.”
Shindle has been suspended from his job.
Several days before Shindle was charged, Hahn was arrested for allegedly sending inappropriate photos and messages to a male student on social media, said a statement from Ewing police. She was charged with three counts of child endangerment and released, pending future court proceedings.
Authorities said that Hahn, of Ewing Township, allegedly kissed a 17-year-old student inside her classroom and sent nude photos and text messages asking him to have sex.
A letter released by the school district stated that Hahn has been suspended pending further action and is no longer allowed on Board of Education property.
Hahn’s profile on LinkedIn states that she worked as a substitute in the WW-P district from August 2016 through March 2017. She also worked as a substitute teacher in Robbinsville High School. She had been working as a long-term substitute at Ewing High School since April 2017, teaching mostly Language Arts classes.
The Ewing Township Police Department is investigating the incident along with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. The investigation is ongoing, and police ask that anyone with additional information contact Det. David Morris at (609) 882-1313, ext. 5561.