LITTLE SILVER: CHARGES AGAINST PSYCHOLOGIST DISMISSED

Criminal charges not related to her work in the district earned a Little Silver school psychologist a suspension, officials said. (Click to enlarge)

[UPDATE: On May 22, 2013 a Monmouth County grand jury determined that there was not sufficient evidence to sustain an indictment in this case and dismissed the charges against Michele Thompson. On October 17, 2013, Superior Court Judge John T. Mullaney Jr. ordered that all law enforcement and court records in the matter be expunged.]

By WIL FULTON

Little Silver’’s school psychologist is in hot water with the district following a January 19 arrest for alleged marijuana distribution and child endangerment charges.

Michele J. Thompson, 45, of Bradley Beach, was charged two days after her arrest, and was subsequently suspended by the district for an indefinite period of time, according to Little Silver School Board President Christian Smith. He said Thompson was a full-time, established employee who was not a new hire.

In a statement read by telephone to redbankgreen, Smith said “the board had become aware of a situation in which an employee was charged with alleged criminal activity,” but also stated that because the issue was a personnel matter, the board couldn’t make further comment while it gathers more information.

Smith added, however, that the child-endangerment charge did not pertain to any student and students within the Little Silver school system.

According to an Asbury Park Press article, also charged in the arrest was Harold A. Sturm, 50, also of Bradley Beach.