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NJ elementary school janitor accused of contaminating food with bodily fluids

A New Jersey elementary school custodian is accused of engaging in sex acts with school supplies and contaminating food and cafeteria utensils with bodily fluids and bleach.

Giovanni Impellizzeri, 25, is accused of contaminating food and utensils in the Elizabeth Moore School cafeteria with saliva, urine and feces. He also sprayed bleach into a container of food that was later served to children “with the intent to harm the students,” according to an affidavit of probable cause.

“I covered my mouth and started crying,” Bianca Pierce, a parent of a student at the school, told NBC Philadelphia. “I had no words. I mean, what can you say about a situation where someone did those disgusting things at the school where your child was supposed to be safe? It felt like I was stabbed in the heart.”

Authorities at the Upper Deerfield Township school contacted New Jersey State Police last Monday to report numerous anonymous tips about impellizzeri’s lewd social media posts, Cumberland County Prosecutor Jennifer Webb-McRae said in a news release.

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According to the affidavit, Impellizzeri posted “extremely disturbing videos of himself working” on a Telegram group thread. State police received multiple screenshots and videos from a social media account that showed Impellizzeri “engaging in sexual acts with inanimate objects at school,” officials said.

The messages showed Impellizzeri “doing things that would endanger the well-being of students at the school,” according to the complaint. He contaminated additional items in another part of the school with his bodily fluids, officials said.

Authorities said they determined Impellizzeri committed the acts while employed at the school, where he had worked as a custodian since September 2019, but were unsure whether the acts were committed recently or long ago.

Impellizzeri, of Vineland, was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated assault, tampering with food products, endangering the welfare of a child and attempted misconduct, investigators said. He was also charged with official misconduct on Thursday and is being held in the Cumberland County Jail.

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Authorities are collecting body fluid samples to determine if there is a health risk to those who consumed food from the school canteen.

The Upper Deerfield School District placed Impellizzeri on administrative leave, NBC Philadelphia reported.

A call to the public defender’s office was not immediately returned Sunday evening.

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com

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