NJ School Board President in Middlesex County Has Been Arrested on Child Pornography Charges
On Tuesday, August 23rd, Phillip C. Heiney was accused of the possession and distribution of multiple child pornography videos. Heiney, 67, is the president of the Dunellen Board of Education in Middlesex County. The videos disturbingly showed footage of prepubescent teenage girls being sexually abused by adult males, according to the state Division of Criminal Justice. In addition to being accused of the possession of these videos, Heiney has also been accused of sharing the videos with others through peer-to-peer online services.
Heiney was caught when authorities tracked the videos to his IP address. According to the Attorney General’s Office, videos also included footage of “an adult male engaging in a sexual act with a prepubescent girl who was blindfolded and bound with rope” in addition to “sexually explicit conduct involving a dog and the bound girl.” Heiney’s arrest has caused public outcry, and has left many questioning the state’s judgement when hiring School Board officials.
What’s most sickening about Heiney’s arrest is that he is responsible for managing the very schools that monitor our children on a daily basis. Heiney’s decisions as School Board President had a direct impact on the lives of our children, yet as it turns out, he is a perverted criminal. How could someone like that be given such an important position within the school system?
If a man like Heiney could be elected School Board President, who’s to say that more individuals like Heiney aren’t already employed within school systems across the state? Cases like Heiney’s certainly are uncommon, but it is eye opening to see that a prominent member of the state’s school system was involved in a child porn ring.
Overall, we need to be aware of the fact that things like this can happen. Though our schools are supposed to safe learning environments, it certainly is possible that some corrupt individuals are employed within our school systems. It’s important to listen to your children if they have concerns about their schools, whether they have complaints about their teachers, or their peers.