We previously discussed the bizarre case of Thomas W. Tramaglini, the former Superintendent in Holmdel, New Jersey who was found to be the serial pooper who would defecate on high school football field and running tracks. Now Tramaglini has reached a settlement with the school district to receive more than $100,000 in a separation agreement. He also plans to sue the police for releasing his mugshot.
The settlement reported byNJ.com was impressive since Tramaglini had only begun his $147,504 a year job in August 2015. He will be paid $61,458 of his remaining $147,500 salary along with severance and more than $20,000 in unused vacation days. It is a curious result since he was committing crimes on school property, but it is not clear that these were his schools. The total settlement will come to $109,868.
Now the man called the “Pooperintendent of Schools,” plans to sue the Holmdel Police Department for photographing him and “maliciously” circulating his mugshot. He claims that this was a minor offense that did not warrant such . . . well . . . exposure.
The problem is that mugshots are generally treated as public information subject to media inquiries and public review. While a misdemeanor, this was a disgusting series of crimes that became a public obsession before the arrest. It is difficult to see the viable tort action as a matter of common law. There may be some specific New Jersey law that they intend to cite but being arrested is generally a public act.