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Middle athletic director resigns during probe

Middle Township High School athletic director Scott Lodgek resigned his position earlier this week and was later arrested on theft charges, Middle Township police announced.

According to a press release, the Middle Township Police Department’s Major Crimes Unit conducted an investigation that revealed that Lodgek removed money from the school’s sports account on two separate occasions that totaled $1,825.

Middle police said Lodgek admitted taking cash from the account during the investigation. He was charged with second-degree official misconduct and third-degree theft and was released on a summons pending court proceedings.

Lodgek, 48, had been the athletic director at Middle since 2008. He was previously the athletic director at Absegami High School.

According to a statement by Middle Township school superintendent Dave Salvo, the school will seek to fill the athletic director position on an interim basis while a search to find a permanent candidate for the position is conducted.