An education chief who defecated “daily” on a high school running track claims his life has been ruined after he was outed by cops on Facebook.
District superintendent Thomas Tramaglini was identified as the “mystery pooper” after baffled staff at New Jersey’s Holmdel High School set up CCTV.
Now Mr Tramaglini — who earned around $AU204,738 a year in his job — claims police “defiled his name” by releasing his arrest mugshot, which quickly went viral and was seen around the world.
The lawyer for the school boss — who pleaded guilty in October to defecating at the track and was fined $AU700 — has called for an investigation into Holmdel police department.
His lawyer said the department’s “unauthorised taking and subsequent leaking” of the mugshot turned him into an international laughing stock.
“(Thomas Tramaglini’s) life, effectively, has been ruined,” Matthew Adams wrote in a letter to New Jersey Attorney-General Gubir Grewal.
Police identified the 42-year-old as the suspect responsible for the “human faeces” found near the school’s track field on a “daily basis”.
The department posted his mugshot to Facebook after using surveillance footage to catch him in the act while he was out on a run.
“The photograph gave traction to inaccurate media accounts that he had been charged with some deranged, anti-social behaviour,” wrote Mr Adams.
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Mr Tramaglini’s lawyer complained police released his mugshot before he was charged with any criminal offence and humiliated his client, who promptly resigned.
His case rapidly went viral and earned him the moniker “the Pooperintendent of Schools”.
“There is no way for Dr Tramaglini to cleanse the internet of what the Holmdel Police Department has so maliciously done to harm him, and the Holmdel Police Department must be held accountable,” added Mr Adams.
Mr Tramaglini has also defended himself, saying he suffers from a documented medical condition known as “Runners Diarrhoea” when out jogging.
“It’s been getting worse as I’ve gotten older,” Mr Tramaglini told NJ.com.
“But I run 40 miles (64km) a week and it’s not like it happens all the time.”
Local cops were called in after students complained of frequent excrement at the school sports field at Holmdel High.
According to local media, the superintendent lives about 4.8km from the school in Monmouth County, 64km from New York City.
On Facebook, local residents speculated on his potential motive, with some arguing he should not be punished unless his intent was malicious.
Others questioned whether Mr Tramaglini could have a condition that left him unable to contain his bowel movements.
Social media jokers have dubbed the culprit “the super pooper” or the “poopetrator”.
This article originally appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission