Former Mater Dei Dean, Teacher Pleaded Guilty to Sexual Assault
Plea deal struck with Prosecutor's Office calls for five-year prison sentence
A former Mater Dei Prep High School dean has pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges leveled at him by Middletown police in April of 2011 and now faces five years in prison.
The recommended sentence came with a plea agreement that was struck between the defendant, 29-year-old William Miltner, of Acker Drive, Middletown, and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. The plea was “entered before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge John T. Mullaney, Jr.,” a released statement from the Prosecutor’s Office said.
A former dean, teacher and soccer coach at Mater Dei, Miltner is due to appear before the judge for official sentencing on April 20, 2012. When he appears, as part of the plea agreement, the Prosecutor’s Office will recommend that Judge Mullaney sentence him to five years in prison, the statement said. “As further part of the plea agreement, Miltner will be subject to the registration and notification requirements of Megan’s Law, submit to parole supervision for life and be required to permanently forfeit his New Jersey teacher’s license,” it continued.
The charges against Miltner stem from incidents that, police said, took place during his five-year tenure at the parochial school in the New Monmouth section of Middletown, with a female student who was 16 at the time and has since graduated.
Miltner was indicted on the April, 2011 sexual assault and child endangerment charges on July 13, 2011 by a Monmouth County grand jury.
The charges to which he pleaded guilty are: two counts of sexual assault, second degree crimes; one count of criminal sexual contact, a fourth degree crime; and one count of endangering the welfare of a child under the age of 18, a second degree crime.
Middletown Police Detective Kelly Godley made the arrest on April 12 after an “investigation was initiated after school officials at Mater Dei Prep received an anonymous e-mail exposing the inappropriate relationship,” the statement from the Prosecutor’s Office said.
Miltner had been employed by the high school for five years. The former teacher and soccer coach started working at Mater Dei in 2006, was promoted to the school's dean of students administrative position in 2010. He was terminated after being charged with the sexual assault.
When he was initially charged, police said that Miltner had an ongoing sexual relationship of roughly half a year with the female student he has pleaded guilty to assaulting. The incidents from which the charges stem allegedly took place outside of school, authorities added.
The sexual assault charges were based on evidence that sometime between March and September of 2009, Miltner “did commit the crime of sexual assault by committing an act of sexual penetration” with the victim, who “was at least 16 but less than 18 years old and William Miltner had supervisory or disciplinary power over” her, according to the indictment.
The second sexual assault charge alleges that there is evidence that not only was there a sexual violation, but Miltner “used physical force or coercion,” but the victim “did not sustain physical injury,” the indictment specified.
The criminal sexual contact charge, a fourth degree crime, alleges, according to the indictment that the age of the victim at the time of the alleged sexual incidents, makes the contact criminal, considering her age and Miltner’s position of authority over her at the school.
The child endangerment charge, according to the indictment, alleges that Miltner put the student’s welfare in danger “by engaging in sexual contact which would impair or debauch the morals of child … while having a legal duty or having assumed responsibility for the care of the child.”
Miltner is being represented by Vincent Falcetano, Jr., of Red Bank.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fichter, of the Prosecutor’s Office’s Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit.