HOLMDEL TOWNSHIP, N.J. – A New Jersey school superintendent was caught with his pants down. But unlike the frequent storyline recently of educators having sex with students, this one simply involves a public display of bowel movements.

In a bizarre case that simply makes you shake you head in disbelief, a New Jersey schools superintendent was arrested Monday when officials discovered he had been defecating on a high school football field “on a daily basis,” police said.

Since we hold to standards of decency, we’ll simply suggest that readers insert their own excoriating excrement related humor here!

Thomas Tramaglini, 42, was arrested and charged with lewdness, littering and defecating in public, police said Thursday.

But this wasn’t some hobo—politically incorrect term, but save your wrath for someone else—bouncing between train tracks. This is the real newsmaker: Tramaglini is the Kenilworth schools superintendent, reported NJ.com.

Tramaglini was arrested after surveillance video caught him—with his pants down, so to speak—in the act on Holmdel High School’s football field.

Authorities began hunting for the “mystery pooper” after Holmdel High School staff and coaches for football and track reported finding human feces on or near the field nearly every day.

Tramaglini was arrested while running on the athletic fields’ track just before 6 a.m. Monday. Turns out, the alleged “pooper-intendent” lived in Aberdeen, about three miles away from the high school, according to NJ.com.

Following his arrest, Tramaglini took a paid leave of absence.

“We learned of municipal court charges facing our current superintendent of schools in Holmdel, NJ. Given the nature of those charges, he asked for and was granted a paid leave of absence,” according to a Wednesday message posted on the Facebook page for Kenilworth Public Schools. The district said unpaid leave would only occur “in the face of indictments or tenure charges.”

Rumors are unconfirmed that Tramaglini was last seen making a run for the nearest restroom.

The superintendent makes $147,504 a year. He was named superintendent of Kenilworth schools after his predecessor Scott Taylor resigned in August 2015. Tramaglini also has a part-time job as a lecturer at Rutgers Graduate School of Education, NJ.com reported. Imagine the rousing ovation he’ll receive if he returns to class.

His employment status post-arrest at the graduate school wasn’t immediately clear.

If these allegations are proven true, this incident will stain his reputation like messy diarrhea.

In September of 2017 the Colorado Springs Police Department investigated a case labeled, “The Mad Pooper.”

It involved a woman out for a jog who routinely relieved herself in yards, parks, and even by a Walmart. This despite having restrooms available near every location.

One family estimated the woman had been at it—crapping in public—for seven weeks. That is when the police got involved.

Shortly after the case received public attention, she disappeared.

Colorado Springs

This is a video surveillance image of the “Mad Pooper” sought by the Colorado Springs Police Department. (Screenshot KKTV news broadcast)

However, there was a man claiming to be the “spokesman” of a the “Mad Pooper” offering a strange defense for the public defecation. He said the woman was struggling after gender reassignment surgery. (We are not making this up!)

The “spokesman” also said the woman who cannot “hold it” battles a traumatic brain injury.

The unidentified man made the comments in a YouTube video, but it has since been removed.


Furthermore, as far as we know, the “Mad Pooper” has never been caught.

So, we have a few simple questions:

  • How long has Tramaglini lived in New Jersey?
  • Is there a chance he relocated from Colorado?
  • Since it appears he lived in New Jersey while the “Mad Pooper” was defecating all over Colorado Springs, is it possible he visited the area at the time of the messy mystery?

Putting it bluntly, is it possible the “Mad Pooper” is the “Pooper-Intendent?” If not, we have one untidy public offense solved while the other has yet to be flushed out.

Perhaps detectives from Colorado Springs and Holmdel Township can compare investigative notes?

New Jersey school superintendent

Thomas Tramaglini, 42, was arrested and charged with lewdness, littering and defecating in public, police said. Is is possible the “Mad Pooper” is also the “Pooper-Intendent?” (Google Maps/Holmdel Township Police Department)

Finally, we apologize if anyone feels smeared by our reporting of this story. However, we must admit, it brought levity to a business filled with other newsmakers that cannot be held.