Bayonne, NJ – A Bayonne High School teacher, Joseph Mingoia, 68, was arrested by members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit after an incident on school property on January 22, 2024. Mingoia is facing charges of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and Simple Assault.

According to the Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, the incident occurred when two students were involved in an altercation on the school premises. Mingoia, who intervened along with other staff members, allegedly struck a female juvenile in the head with a closed hand.

The investigation into the incident revealed that Mingoia’s actions endangered the welfare of the child, leading to his arrest. Mingoia has been on administrative leave since the incident occurred.

Mingoia was arrested at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Secaucus and released pending his first court appearance, tentatively scheduled for March 22, 2024.

Prosecutor Suarez commended the Special Victims Unit and the Bayonne Police Department for their work on the investigation and arrest.

The charges against Mingoia are merely accusations, and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.