An arrest that has horrified parents at one New Jersey grade school has worsened after law enforcement officials revealed more details and charges in the case.
Prosecutors said in a hearing that 25-year-old Giovanni Impellizzeri of Vineland had claimed to have contaminated food and utensils at the school with his bodily fluids in order to do the “devil’s work” as part of his “sexual fetish.”
Police said they received tips about Impellizzeri after he posted evidence online in a chat room on the Telegram platform, bragging about his actions.
He has worked at the Elizabeth Moore School in the Upper Deerfield School District since 2019, but prosecutors believe he may have committed similar acts at a tanning salon in the community.
Investigators said they found videos on Impellizzeri’s phone showing him grab a dish sponge from the sink of the teacher’s lounge at the school, wiped urinals and toilets and then placed it back in the lounge. He also allegedly rubbed bread on his genitals and replaced them, and put fecal matter into taco meat.
“It is clear that the videos were recorded on at least three separate dates within the school. But, his admissions and the messages indicate that this has been going on for a much longer period of time,” said assistant prosecutor Lindsey Seidel.
Officials have since charged Impellizzeri with possession of child pornography and distribution of child pornography.
After hearing the allegations, Judge Cristen P. D’Arrigo ruled that Impellizzeri posed a “substantial risk to the community” and ordered him to remain behind bars at the Cumberland County Jail before his trial.
Impellizzeri’s public defender, Emily Bell, said that he had suffered from mental illness but had no prior criminal past.
The district says it is cooperating with the investigation and working with the health department in order to properly sanitize the affected areas in the school.
If convicted, Impellizzeri could face 10 to 20 years in prison.
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