NJ superintendent mum at hearing on public defecation charge

HOLMDEL, N.J. (AP) -- A school superintendent charged with public defecation in New Jersey didn't offer an explanation during a brief court hearing. 

Thomas Tramaglini appeared in municipal court Tuesday. He's charged with public defecation, lewdness and littering.

Authorities say he was caught in April following an early-morning run at Holmdel High School's athletic facilities. Police said staff members were watching to see who'd been leaving human feces on the property.

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The 42-year-old Tramaglini is superintendent of the nearby Kenilworth school district. He's on paid leave from his $147,000-a-year job. 

At Tuesday's hearing, attorneys argued over surveillance video that prosecutors allege shows Tramaglini caught in the act. The judge told them to return for a hearing at a later date. 

Tramaglini and his attorneys didn't comment as they left the courthouse.  

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