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Teacher Enters Guilty Plea for Failure to Report Child Sexual Abuse that Occurred in Montgomery Home

By Barbara A. Preston | Posted May 11, 2023

The Somerset County Prosecutor's Office announced today that Ranait Griff, a former teacher and coach at Rutgers Prep School in Franklin Township, entered a guilty plea to an amended disorderly persons offense for failure to report child abuse.

Ranait Griff

Ranait Griff

Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald said in a press release that Griff entered a guilty plea, admitting that she knew a student at Rutgers Prep, a private educational institution in Franklin Township, was involved in a relationship with another teacher and that she did not report it. The plea agreement involves probation and a stipulation that Griff will never again teach or coach anyone under the age of 18.

Prosecutor McDonald stated that Matthew Rennie, a Rutgers Prep coach and teacher, had been arrested on October 6, 2021. A 17-year-old female victim, who was a student at the school, reported to Franklin Township Police that she was sexually assaulted by Rennie.

Matthew Rennie

Matthew Rennie was sentenced to four years in prison for sexually assaulting a student. He is prohibited from teaching or coaching anyone under the age of 18 and must continue psychotherapy.

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Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit and Franklin Township Police Department interviewed the victim. She disclosed that the sexual assaults occurred in Montgomery Township and East Amwell Township (Hunterdon County) from July 2021 to September 2021

As a result of this investigation, it was also determined that Ranait Griff, a female teacher/coach at the same school was aware of the sexual relationship. Griff was arrested by detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit and the Franklin Township Police Department without incident at the Franklin Township Police Department.

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Prosecutor McDonald requests anyone with information relating to the sexual assault to contact the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes Unit 908.231.7100 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ.


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