It was a disturbingly normal discovery for the students and faculty at Holmdel High School in New Jersey: human feces on or near the track and football field, found before the school day began.
The school's administrators turned to law enforcement to launch a whodunit investigation.
Thursday, they got an answer: the school district superintendent.
Thomas Tramaglini, 42, has led the Kenilworth School District since Aug. 2015. He was arrested at 5:50 a.m., Monday after he was seen defecating on the football field.
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"The Holmdel School Resource Officer was alerted by Holmdel High School staff and coaches that they were finding human feces, on or near the area of the High School track / football field on a daily basis," Holmdel police said in a statement. The resource officer and school staffers "monitored the area" and were able "to identify a subject responsible for the acts," the statement continued.
Tramaglini was charged with public urination or defecation, discarding and dumping of litter, and lewdness, according to a Holmdel police spokesman.
He has been placed on leave and is scheduled to appear in Holmdel Municipal Court on Monday.