By Anthony J. Machcinski
Lyndhurst High School teacher Scott Rubinetti, a Nutley resident, was arrested on Jan. 25 and charged with sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child, and witness tampering charges.
Rubinetti, who also functions as the high school’s head football coach, was arrested as a result of an investigation conducted by members of the Bergen County Prosecutors Office Special Victims Unit.
According to a press release issued jointly by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the Lyndhurst Police Department, Rubinetti was arrested after it was learned that he engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with a former Lyndhurst High School student. The alleged victim told authorities that inappropriate sexual conduct had occurred between 2009 and 2010 when she was a senior at Lyndhurst High School.
The incident was first reported by a teacher to Lyndhurst School Superintendent Tracey Marinelli.
Bail for Rubinetti was set at $150,000 with no 10% option and no contact with the victim or the victim’s family.
Rubinetti was hired by Lyndhurst High School in 2009 and teaches physical education, fitness for life, and health classes.
Under Rubinetti’s tutelage, the Golden Bears reached the NJSIAA playoffs for he fi rst time since 2004, scoring a victory over Rutherford in the first round.
“At the moment, (Rubinetti) is suspended with pay,” said Superintendent Marinelli.
“The defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt,” added Prosecutor John Molinelli.
Rubinetti’s arraignment is scheduled for January 31.