Defecating superintendent sues over release of mug shot

Associated Press
In this June 12, 2018 file photo, Thomas Tramaglini, right, the Kenilworth Schools superintendent accused of defecating on the track at Holmdel High School, makes his initial appearance in Holmdel Municipal Court.

Newark, N.J. – A former New Jersey school superintendent who pleaded guilty to defecating on another high school’s track has sued the local police department for releasing his mug shot to news outlets.

Thomas Tramaglini says Holmdel police violated his constitutional rights by taking the picture and then releasing it after he was issued summonses last year.

He eventually paid a $500 fine on a charge of relieving himself in public.

The suit claims Tramaglini’s due process rights were violated, asserting New Jersey law prohibits taking mug shots for low-level offenses. The suit seeks unspecified monetary damages.

Tramaglini resigned as superintendent of the Kenilworth schools, and his attorney says he is now working outside the education field.

An attorney representing the township and police said he wouldn’t comment on pending litigation.