Prosecutor: BOE, First Aid Squad Member Charged with Aggravated Sexual Assault of Teen

A board of education member and first aid squad vice president/chaplain in a Monmouth County town has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 19-year-old male over the Labor Day weekend, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

Joseph L. Tringali, 47, of Stratford Drive in Manalapan, is charged with first-degree aggravated sexual assault. Tringali was arrested Thursday afternoon following an intensive investigation by the Manalapan Township Police Department. Tringali is a current member of the Manalapan Township Board of Education, and also serves as the vice-president and chaplain for the Manalapan Township-Englishtown Volunteer First Aid Squad. 

Tringali is currently being held in the Monmouth County Correctional Institution, Freehold Township, and is scheduled for his initial appearance on Friday. 

If convicted of aggravated sexual assault, Tringali faces a sentence of up to 20 years in a New Jersey state prison, subject to the provisions of the No Early Release Act (NERA), requiring him to serve 85 percent of the sentence imposed before becoming eligible for release on parole. He would also be under parole supervision for five years following his release from state prison, but could also be placed on parole supervision for life, and subject to provisions of Megan’s Law.

— Edited press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office