A New Jersey school superintendent who was accused of defecating daily on another high school’s track resigned Thursday and plans to sue police for $1 million.
In an email and voicemail sent to staff, the Kenilworth school board accepted the resignation of Thomas Tramaglini, 42, saying it became clear his continued service became “too much of a distraction,” NJ.com reported.
Tramaglini is charged with public defecation, lewdness and littering. A court hearing is pending.
Authorities said surveillance video caught Tramaglini in late April following an early morning run at the Holmdel High School field.
Holmdel police said they monitored the track to see who had been leaving human feces on the property daily, according to the report.
His lawyer, Matthew Adams, issued a statement saying that Tramaglini will continue to fight the allegations and that his resignation should not "be construed as an acknowledgement of guilt."
"Leaks, half-truths and outright falsehoods about a good man with an exceptional record of public service are not a substitute for admissible evidence," Adams wrote, according to the Asbury Park Press, which called Tramaglini "super pooper."
Adams also said Tramaglini plans to sue Holmdel police over the mugshot taken after his arrest, claiming they should not have photographed him at police headquarters because the public defecation, lewdness and litter charges were low-level municipal offenses.
"It's like getting photographed and fingerprinted for a speeding ticket," Adams previously told NJ.com.
He has filed a tort claim notice that lists potential damages of more than $1 million due to loss of income, harm to his reputation, emotional distress and invasion of privacy.
"It is our position that the photograph that has been widely disseminated was unlawfully taken and maliciously distributed," Adams said.
"It is our position that the photograph that has been widely disseminated was unlawfully taken and maliciously distributed."
Neither Adams nor authorities have said why Tramaglini allegedly did what police claim.
Holmdel officials did not immediately respond for comment.
Holmdel is around 40 miles east of Trenton.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.