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TEACHER CHARGED WITH ENDANGERING THE WELFARE OF A CHILD, AND DRUG POSSESSION

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Teaneck NJ, Bergen County Prosecutor Mark Musella announced the arrest of AVI MANDEL (DOB: 02/28/1990; married; high school teacher) of Teaneck, NJ on charges of Endangering The Welfare Of A Child, Possession Of Marijuana, and Possession Of Narcotic Paraphernalia. The arrest is the result of a joint investigation conducted by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office under the direction of Chief Robert Anzilotti and the Teaneck Police Department under the direction of Chief Glenn M. O’Reilly.

On Tuesday, September 1, 2020, the Division of Child Protection and Permanency reported to the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit that a four-year-old child had been brought to Hackensack University Medical Center because the child was lethargic and unable to stand. Medical tests indicated that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main psychoactive compound in cannabis, was present in the child’s body. An investigation by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Teaneck Police Department revealed that the child was in the custody of AVI MANDEL at the time the substance was consumed.

As a result of the investigation, on Tuesday, September 1, 2020, AVI MANDEL was arrested and charged with one count of Endangering The Welfare Of A Child, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:24-4a(2), a 2nd degree crime; one count of Possession Of Less Than 50 Grams Of Marijuana, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:35-10(a)(4), a disorderly persons offense; and one count of Possession Of Narcotic Paraphernalia, in violation of N.J.S.A. 2C:36-2, a disorderly persons offense. He was released from custody pending his first appearance in Central Judicial Processing Court in Hackensack, NJ.

Prosecutor Musella states that the charges are merely accusations and that the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, and he would like to thank the Teaneck Police Department for its assistance in this investigation.

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