A middle school teacher who also served as a club advisor at a high school in Ocean County is in trouble with the law for allegedly having sexual contact with a student earlier this year.

27-year-old Andrew Fantasia of Beachwood has been charged with aggravated criminal sexual contact, endangering the welfare of a child, and official misconduct.

The Ocean County Prosecutor's Office says between February and June, Fantasia, while employed as a teacher at Carl W. Goetz Middle School and club advisor at Jackson Memorial High School, had inappropriate sexual contact with a student on high school property.

The investigation further revealed that Fantasia requested nude photos from the victim.

Jackson Memorial High School - Photo: Google Maps
Jackson Memorial High School - Photo: Google Maps

This past Wednesday, detectives from the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, the Ocean County Sheriff's Office, and the Jackson Township Police Department executed a search warrant at Fantasia’s home. There, they seized multiple electronic devices.

Fantasia was taken into custody and is being held at the Ocean County Jail pending a detention hearing.

Talk to your children

Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer is encouraging parents to have a conversation with their children if they had Fantasia as a teacher or advisor.

Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to contact Det. Janine Kaiser with the prosecutor’s office at (732) 929-2027.

The public is reminded that charges are accusations and all persons are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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