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Sex scandal rocks Paramus Catholic High

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

There are stunning charges Wednesday against two chaperones from New Jersey on a high school trip to Europe.

Artur Sopel of River Edge, and Michael Sumulikoski of Elmwood Park, were led into municipal court, shackled, hands and legs in chains.

Outside court, the attorneys adamantly denied accusations their clients had sexual encounters with four Paramus Catholic students.

"I can state categorically that nothing inappropriate, or of a sexual nature took place on that trip to Germany," said Sopel's attorney, Ray Flood.

Sopel was Vice President of Operations at the school. Sumulikoski was a teacher.

Both men were two of several chaperones on a foreign exchange school trip to Belgium and Germany, that dozens of students attended. According to the Bergen County Prosecutor, three of the students claimed the two men engaged in sexual acts with them during the trip. One attorney, having issue that the case is even in a court in the United States.

"And what kind of crime happened in the state of New Jersey," asked Robert Galantucci.

Administrators held assemblies at the school this morning, explaining the situation and response to students.

Parents saying the accusations against the two, does not reflect on the school.

"It's a horrible thing that happened, but the school should not be judged on what went on..those are two adults," said one parent.

Both suspects are being held on bail.

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