Police have announced a retired drama teacher and
theater director at a middle school in Summit has been arrested and
charged for alleged sexual contact with a student.
to police, Ronald Wells, 69,
is charged with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child, third-degree
aggravated criminal sexual contact, and fourth-degree criminal sexual contact
following a reported incident in 2016 at Lawton C. Johnson Summit Middle School.
An investigation revealed
the incident took place in a private third-floor room of the school. Wells
allegedly asked the victim to join him after school hours to model costumes for
a school play, and between costume changes, began touching the student in a
Wells was arrested Friday
pending a first appearance and detention hearing scheduled to take place in
Union County Superior Court.
Anyone with information is
being urged to contact Summit Police Department Detective Sgt. Ryan Peters at 908-273-5871.