Teacher’s arraignment on taping charge is set

Riverside School teacher allegedly videotaped female teachers in staff bathroom.

By: David Campbell
   The arraignment of a Riverside Elementary School teacher accused of secretly videotaping female colleagues in a staff bathroom has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, a Princeton Township Municipal Court official said Thursday.
   Henry W. Vanegas-Salcedo, 32, was scheduled to appear before Judge Russell W. Annich Jr. this past Tuesday but those proceedings were adjourned.
   Mr. Vanegas-Salcedo’s attorney, William Arango, did not return several calls for comment this week.
   The Princeton Regional Board of Education is expected to hold a closed-session meeting at 8 p.m. Monday to discuss firing the first-year Spanish teacher, Superintendent Claire Sheff Kohn said.
   "Because of the egregious nature of this activity, I’m recommending the highest possible penalty, that of dismissal for cause," Dr. Kohn said.
   The school superintendent said a vote by the school board will be held publicly following the closed-session meeting.
   Mr. Vanegas-Salcedo was arrested at his Sayreville residence at 12:15 a.m. April 19 on charges of maintaining a nuisance, which includes photographing or preparing obscene material. He was suspended with pay following his arrest.
   If convicted, he faces up to a year in prison and a maximum $10,000 fine.