New Jersey teacher, coach heading to prison for assault of student

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SOMERVILLE, NJ – Matthew Rennie, a 29-year-old former teacher and coach from Ringoes, New Jersey, was sentenced to four years in New Jersey State Prison on Friday, for assaulting a 17-year-old female student.

Rennie was arrested on October 6, 2021, after the victim reported the assault to Franklin Township Police. The investigation revealed that the incidents occurred between July 2021 and September 2021 in Montgomery Township and East Amwell Township (Hunterdon County).

Rennie pleaded guilty to 2nd-degree sexual assault and 3rd-degree endangering the welfare of a child on May 6, 2022. He will be subject to the registration and reporting requirements of Megan’s Law, parole supervision for life, and a prohibition on teaching or coaching anyone under the age of 18.

He must also continue psychotherapy and provide truthful testimony against co-defendant Ranait Griff, a 30-year-old female teacher/coach from South Orange, NJ. Griff, who was aware of the sexual relationship, was indicted for 4th-degree failure to report child sexual abuse and is scheduled for trial in May 2023.

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