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A former Somerset County driving instructor was charged with s*xually abusing two of his teenage students while taking driving lessons, authorities said Monday.
Steven Collucci, 59, faces two s*xual interference charges following his arrest Thursday, Somerset County prosecutors said. The Somerville resident was taken to the county jail ahead of a hearing, authorities said.
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In June 2020, a minor told investigators that Collucci assaulted the student during a class in June 2017 while driving in the Bridgewater and Hillsborough area, according to attorney Michael H. Robertson.
Another charge against Collucci was filed in January when a second teenager told authorities that Collucci assaulted the student during a driving class near New Brunswick in February 2019, the prosecutor said in a statement.
Collucci was working for Dill’s driving school when the alleged incidents occurred, according to prosecutors.
The school owner, Heinz Neumaier, said Collucci had not worked at Somerville School since April 2019. He was hired about two years earlier and passed all required state exams for the position, he added.
It was not immediately clear whether Collucci had a defense attorney to comment on the allegations.