Local Law Enforcement Recognizes Jay Webber for His Work Keeping Sexual Predators Out Of Schools
For Immediate Release
Fairfield, NJ - Today Fairfield Police Chief Anthony Manna presented Jay Webber with an award for his leadership in the passage of the Safer Schools Act.
The Safer Schools Act requires school districts to share information about sexual misconduct and child abuse investigations. It also bans the separation agreements that force districts to destroy or withhold information.
"Jay demonstrated real leadership in his efforts to protect our kids from child predators getting jobs in the school system," said Chief Manna. "He saw a loophole in the law that was putting children in danger, and he sprung into action and closed it. We believe it is important to recognize the bi-partisan work that Jay put into stopping sexual predators from getting jobs in our public schools, so we are proud to present him with this award today."
Former Montville Mayor Jim Sandham had firsthand experience with this legal loophole in his community. A teacher was suspended and ultimately resigned from the local public school system for sexually assaulting five female students, but was later hired by a nearby private school. Montville was bound by a separation agreement preventing them from sharing the teacher’s past abuse and the teacher went on to sexually assault a first-grade girl less than a year after his hire. That teacher is now serving a 14-year state prison sentence.
"This was a nightmare scenario and thanks to Jay it will never happen again," said Sandham. "Jay is a leader who has proven that he can work with both parties to make sure common sense prevails. I truly appreciate his effort in making sure we keep child predators out of our schools."