Four people stood before the East Penn School Board Monday night to demand the resignation of school board member Julian Stolz.
Some of them looked directly at 25-year-old Stolz when they called on him to step down.
One man called him a creep, a monster, a pervert and a sexual predator.
At the meeting, Stolz admitted that five years ago -- when he was 20 and serving on the school board -- he dated a 15-year-old Emmaus High School student.
He said he dated her for four months “with the full consent of her parents.” He described the relationship as “romantic” but not sexual. He broke up with her because he was on the school board.
Stolz said his only error of judgment was not resigning from the school board five years ago “to be with her rather than worrying about the political consequences at that time -- the impropriety of being a school board director.”
He said he did not resign then because he had political aspirations.
He won’t resign now because “I’m not doing anything wrong.”
He said since May he again is dating the same female, now 20, whom he described as his fiancée.
At the meeting, Stolz also acknowledged that until last year, when he was 24, he maintained an account on a website for teenagers called Teenspot.com.
“It was wrong to maintain it as long as I did,” said Stolz after the board meeting. “But I’ve not been on it for a year.” He said the only people from that site that he had any “real live contact with” were over age 18.
As Stolz explained himself to the school board, he was interrupted by people in the audience shouting “you lie” and “resign now” until school board president Charles Ballard admonished them to remain quiet.
When the meeting ended, those calling for Stolz to resign got into heated argument with him, until Superintendent Thomas Seidenberger broke it up.
Although he is not seeking re-election this year, Stolz blamed the controversy on unnamed political opponents “who sat on it until right now” in order to influence next month’s school board elections.
One of the women told him she wants him to resign because she is a concerned parent, adding that concern has nothing to with politics. The other three people addressing the board also said they were not politically motivated to call on Stolz to step down.
At the end of the meeting, Stolz insisted he will not resign, but also said he will not run for school board when his current term ends in 2015.
Ballard, the board president, said he has no opinion regarding whether Stolz should resign. “This is a matter between Mr. Stolz and his conscience.”
It’s not clear what action, if any, the school board can or will take to force Stolz out or to censure him.
Just before the meeting ended, a barely audible Stolz apologized, but only to his fellow board members, for “the three-ring circus” generated by publicity about his past.
Stolz said “online personalities have literally stalked my every online move going back over a decade.”
Parents demand Stolz quit
Speaking directly to Stolz, Hillary Smith of Lower Macungie Township accused him of disgusting behavior and said: “Why don’t you do the right thing for once and resign and spare the school district any further embarrassment?”
Jessica Hughes of Lower Macungie, an East Penn “parent and taxpayer,” said Stolz openly admitted in one of his recent blog postings “to numerous behaviors that I, as well as others, would deem as inappropriate and inexcusable for a professional in a leadership position such as a school board member.”
Kevin Kelly of Emmaus, a dad with two daughters, said: “It’s disturbing to me to think that a sitting school board member here would be involved with a school student, whether it’s sexual or not. He should be an example for our community.”
Hughes said Stolz admitted contacting minor girls on Teenspot as recently as last year.