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Defecating Superintendent Sues Over Release Of Mug Shot

NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — 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.

Authorities had accused Tramaglini of repeatedly defecating on the track at Holmdel High School, but at a municipal court hearing in October 2018, he only admitted to defecating under the high school's bleachers.

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.

Reached Wednesday morning, an attorney representing the police department didn't immediately comment on the lawsuit.

(© Copyright 2019 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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