Joseph Mingoia, a 68-year-old Bayonne High School teacher, has been arrested following an incident that occurred on school property on Monday, January 22, 2024. Mingoia is charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child, a second-degree crime, and Simple Assault, a disorderly persons offense.

The investigation revealed that on the aforementioned date, two students were involved in an altercation on school grounds. Despite efforts by several staff members to intervene, Mingoia allegedly struck a female juvenile in the head with a closed hand. Following the incident, Mingoia was placed on administrative leave.

Mingoia was arrested by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit and the Bayonne Police Department. He was released pending his first court appearance, scheduled for Friday, March 22, 2024.

Prosecutor Esther Suarez emphasized that these charges are merely accusations, and Mingoia is presumed innocent until proven guilty. The Prosecutor’s Office credits the Special Victims Unit and the Bayonne Police Department for their work on the investigation and arrest.