NEW BRUNSWICK – A high school teacher in Sayreville was arrested for improper conduct and sexual contact with several high school students, district attorney Andrew Carey said in Middlesex in a statement on Friday afternoon

Eric Pieklo, 50, of South Amboy, the timber business merchant at Sayreville War Memorial High School, was arrested in four cases jeopardizing the well-being of a child and five fourth degree criminal sexual contacts with female students aged 16 and over 18 years ago, Carey said in a joint statement with the police chief of Sayreville, John Zebrowski.

Carey said Sayreville Detective Sean McGrath and Detective Mark Morris of the prosecution had investigated the case. They found that from January to the end of this month, the defendant had behaved inappropriately with three students at his workshop in South Amboy and in the Sayreville War Memorial.

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These included inappropriate touches of the students and inappropriate comments made to the students, the prosecutor said.

He said the investigation began when the Sayreville police responded to a report from school officials about one of their teachers.

Carey said Pieklo supplied two students, including a male, marijuana and alcohol in his workshop.

Pieklo was paid by the Sayreville War Memorial, where he spent 14 years as a trained woodworking teacher.

He is detained until his first court visit on Saturday at the Middlesex County Adult Corrections Center in North Brunswick.

Carey said the investigation continued and called anyone with information about the case to call McGrath at (732) 727-4444 or Morris at (732) 745-4194.

Second-degree crimes will be punished after conviction with a maximum sentence of 10 years.