Police have charged a New Jersey school superintendent identified as the person who has been relieving himself on the grounds of a high school football field and track.
Authorities began hunting for the "mystery pooper" after Holmdel High School staff and coaches for football and track reported finding human feces on or near the field almost every day.
Thomas Tramaglini, the superintendent of the Kenilworth School District, was taken into custody early Tuesday while he was running on the Holmdel High School track, according to the Holmdel Township Police Department.
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Officers monitored the area and were able to identify the suspect.
"I don't know if it was daily, but it's been going on for a while", someone in the Holmdel community told Patch. A superintendent for a rival school district happens to live about three miles away from the smelly scene. "Given the nature of those charges, he asked for and was granted a paid leave of absence", according to a Wednesday message posted on the Facebook page for Kenilworth Public Schools. He is due in municipal court in Holmdel at 8:15 a.m. Monday to answer the charges.
"The Board of Education wants to assure faculty and staff, students and parents, that the district will continue its responsibilities without interruption", Kenilworth Public Schools said in a written statement.