VINELAND, N.J. (TCD) — A 25-year-old man was arrested on multiple charges for allegedly putting some of his own bodily fluids and bleach into food at the school where he worked, as well as possessing child pornography.
According to the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office, on Oct. 30, New Jersey State Police received a call from officials at Elizabeth Moore School because administrators received anonymous photos and videos that Giovanni Impellizzari was “performing sexual acts with inanimate objects at the school.”
The statement says Impellizzari allegedly “tampered with or otherwise contaminated food products and utensils located within the school cafeteria with bleach and personal bodily fluids (including saliva, urine, and feces) that were allegedly offered for consumption to school students and/or staff.”
He also allegedly “subjected items located at another area within the school to personal bodily fluids.”
The district attorney’s office said officials were working to collect samples of Impellizzari’s fluids in order to see if there are “potential for infectious disease transmission to those who consumed food at the school.”
Impellizzari worked had been working for the school district as a custodian since 2019.
He was arrested Oct. 31 on charges of third-degree aggravated assault, two counts of tampering with food products, third-degree endangering the welfare of a child, and third-degree attempted endangering the welfare of a child. On Nov. 2, he was also charged with official misconduct. The Cumberland County prosecutor’s office said Nov. 8 that Impellizzari was additionally charged with distribution of child pornography and possession of child pornography.
The child pornography-related charges stem from allegations that he possessed and/or distributed material, but did not make it.
According to NJ.com, Impellizzari allegedly recorded himself defecating in taco meat, urinating in bowls, and bleaching food, then shared those videos to a private messaging app. He allegedly rubbed bread on his genitals as well.
NJ.com reports Impellizzari allegedly posted about the taco meat in the group, and someone told him to update the chat if anyone got sick. He reportedly responded, “I sure hope so. That’s the plan.”
In another post about the bleach, he allegedly wrote, “Honestly, I’ve put bleach in their food before. They were fine. Just a little sick. Oh well, not my problem.”
His defense attorney Emily Bell reportedly argued he needed mental health treatment rather than being jailed.
Bell said, “This guy’s going off the rails. He’s screaming for help.”
Judge Cristen D’Arrigo denied Bell’s request for pretrial release, saying, “The fact that he specifically indicates that that was his objective, to make them sick, demonstrates how much of a risk he is to the community at large if released.”
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