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Phillipsburg Middle School music teacher arrested

Vincent Pettinelli allegedly used an iPod to record up skirt of female student

Phillipsburg teacher charged with invasion of privacy

PHILLIPSBURG, N.J. - Vincent J. Pettinelli, a music teacher at Phillipsburg Middle School, is accused of recording a student's "intimate body parts" and was charged with invasion of privacy by Phillipsburg police Wednesday.

Evidence obtained during a police investigation showed Pettinelli used an iPod to record up the skirt of a 13 year old girl back in March 2013.

According to court documents, another girl reported in June that during class at the middle school, Pettinelli put an iPod under her dress to take a picture.

It's unclear whether charges have been filed related to those allegations, but during their investigation, police seized devices from Pettinelli, including an iPod they say has a video on it showing him talking with students in a classroom at the middle school.

The video allegedly shows him putting an ipod on the floor directly under the dress of a female student who was standing up.

Police say the iPod was in video record mode and captured images of the girl's intimate parts.

Pettinelli made an appearance in court Thursday, where he literally ran through the halls of Warren County Courthouse to avoid cameras.

He had been arrested Wednesday and released after posting 10 percent of bail, which was set at $35,000. A stipulation of his bail noted that Pettinelli can not have contact with minors under 18.

Phillipsburg Superintendent George Chando said the district was notified on Wednesday afternoon that Pettinelli had been arrested.

Chando said the teacher was placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the results of the investigation.

"The district has no further comment on this confidential matter," said the superintendent.

Chando could provide no information about the victim.

Pettinellu is also the leader of the Vince Pettinelli Orchestra set to play this weekend at Das Awkscht Fescht in Macungie and at the Bethlehem Rose Garden later this month.

Palmer Township already canceled an appearance scheduled for its Palmer Days celebration because of the investigation.

Representatives for Das Awkscht Fescht were unaware of Pettinelli's arrest when 69 News reached them for comment.

Pettinelli was being investigated for several months by the special victims unit of the Warren County Prosecutor's Office and the Phillipsburg Police Department's criminal investigation unit. That investigation is continuing.

Pettinelli and his attorney declined to comment at the courthouse Thursday and Pettinelli has not returned any calls or emails.

Pettinelli resides in the 200 block of William Street in Alpha, N.J.


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