Police arrested two employees on charges of sexual assault, endangering the welfare of a child and hindering apprehension, Bergen County Prosecutor John Molinelli announced Tuesday.
Artur Sopel, vice president of operations at the school, and Michael Sumilikoski, a teacher, are accused of engaging in inappropriate sexual conduct with four teenage girls who attended Paramus Catholic, Molinelli said.
Three of the victims said the conduct occurred while Sopel, of River Edge, and Sumilikoski, of Elmwood Park, were chaperoning a student trip to Germany in February, Molinelli said. Sopel allegedly engaged in sexual activities with two girls during the trip, and Sumilikwoski did the same with another student, Molinelli said.
After the first allegations, a fourth victim said she engaged in sexual activities with Sopel in spring of 2010, while she was a student at Paramus Catholic, Molinelli said.
Sopel and Sumilikoski were both charged with endangering the welfare of a child. Sopel was also charged with sexual assault and hindering apprehension.
Sopel and Sumilikoski were sent to Bergen County Jail in lieu of $225,000 and $50,000 in bail, respectively. Judge Donald Venezia ordered both men to have no contact with the victims and to surrender their passports.