N.J. Teacher Accused Of Letting Minors Party At His Home

Frank Melchiorre Suspended By Berkeley Heights District

BERKELEY HEIGHTS, N.J. (CBS 2/1010 WINS) — A popular suburban high school teacher may be in detention for some time.

The 26-year-old is now suspended after police arrested him on charges including letting underage kids party at his home.

For Frank Melchiorre, the days of teaching are over, at least for now.

1010 WINS Reporter Steve Sandberg gets details

Former students like Alaina Newhouse said they’re stunned that the science teacher was hauled away from Governor Livingston High School by police, charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, providing alcohol to minors, and allowing minors to drink at his home.

“I guess I don’t want to believe it because we always thought he was such a great guy,” Newhouse told CBS 2’s Sean Hennessey. “I wouldn’t have seen red flags.”

Authorities said Melchiorre used the his apartment in downtown Chatham as a hangout for minors, and people noticed.

One neighbor, who didn’t want to be identified, noticed a lot of teens entering and leaving the apartment. When he asked Melchiorre about it, he said the teacher told him it was part of a tutoring program that was going very well.

Melchiorre was at his parents’ home Thursday night and ran inside when he saw reporters. Melchiorre and his parents declined to comment to CBS 2.

Melchiorre has a teacher appreciation page that has no members so far, but on another teaching Web site, one student wrote that Melchiorre was “extremely personable,” an “excellent teacher” and that “it is a shame about whatever happened, because many students will be missing out.”

“It’s extremely disturbing,” Alaina’s mother, Deborah Newhouse, said.

At Livingston High, most parents and teachers didn’t want to talk about what happened.

“I’m sure some of the students are in denial,” Alaina said. “It might be true. It might not be.”

What is true is the highly regarded teacher has taught students a lesson on the consequences of bad decisions.

The Berkeley Heights School District sent out a letter saying the teacher involved was suspended immediately, and further actions are likely to follow.

  • Misha

    This guy is a friend of mine… back off

  • GL Mom

    What a jerk, my daughter had him freshman year. Now I know why he didn’t like her, she’s a scholar not a pot head!!!

  • Sovereign Citizen

    He sounds like a nice guy. How this is national news is beyond me. The cops in these towns suck, big brother is watching you around here. I went to the grocery store today and my friend the seafood guy told me about this. He was as surprised as I was that it made national news. Give the guy a break!

  • jojo

    Tabby, you are right. This guy is not much older than his students. Well now he will not be able to teach anywhere. As far as finding another career. Good luck with his history. Also, there are many parents in NJ that let their kids and their friends party in their houses and provide the booze to them. Some people are just idiots and don’t realize they can lose everything, their house and kids

  • Roy

    No wonder he was popular…………….

  • JC

    At the same time NJ promotes Sexual Pervert Police …

  • JC

    pity NJ doesnt do this for Police that have the same problem , instead of covering it up.

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  • mega

    Dude looks like Peewee Herman.

  • Alan Foos


    • mega

      Beat me to it!

  • Roman Psy

    i would love to party with a teacher and let him touch my bum for an A

  • former GL student

    Livingston High is located in Livingston, NJ. Governor Livingston High School is in Berkeley Heights. Please fact check.

    • A

      Exactly what I was thinking. Also, his name is pronounced Mel – key – or. I had him for freshman year honors bio. I’m not trying to defend his actions, but he was a great teacher.

      By the way, he DOES have many members on his appreciation page but I guess everything is private to people not on the Governor Livingston network.

  • black republican

    nice guy

  • Beta

    Maturity is not measure by age, but by prudential judgement and sense of responsibility for one’s own action.

  • Tabby

    26 year old kid, still a kid, only 8 years out of high school

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