Former Mater Dei Teacher Sentenced for Sexual Assault

By John Burton

FREEHOLD – A former teacher at a Middletown Catholic high school was sentenced on Tuesday, July 10, to four years in state prison for the sexual assault of a female former student with whom he had a romantic relationship.

William Miltner, 29, Middletown, was sentenced in state Superior Court as part of a negotiated plea agreement. Miltner plead guilty to sexual assault on Jan. 19, according to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office.

Miltner will also be subject to parole supervision for life as well as mandatory registration and notification as a convicted sex offender under the requirements of the state’s Megan’s Law, authorities said.

Miltner had been a teacher and soccer coach, and for a time dean of students at Mater Dei Prep, a co-ed high school at 538 Church St., in the New Monmouth section of Middletown.

Investigators took Miltner into custody in April 2011, initially charging him with second-degree sexual assault and fourth-degree aggravated sexual contact for having a sexual relationship with a then 16-year-old student at the school. That relationship, authorities said, went on from March to September 2009.

Middletown police and the prosecutor’s office initiated an investigation after school officials received an anonymous email alerting them of Miltner’s actions, authorities said.

Miltner also will forfeit his state teaching license as another condition of his plea agreement, authorities said.

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