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Ridgewood Teacher Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct Charge

Adolfo Noya, a 7th grade Spanish teacher, was accused of shoplifting at Whole Foods in October.

A Ridgewood middle school teacher pleaded guilty Thursday in connection with an incident in which he was arrested for shoplifting $75 worth of groceries at Whole Foods last fall.

Appearing before Judge David Pfund on Thursday, Adolfo Noya, 47 of Wyckoff, waived his right to trial on the charge of disorderly conduct and entered a guilty plea. As part of the plea agreement with the prosecutor, the shoplifting charge was dropped.

Police said Noya placed $75 worth of groceries in a $7 tote bag at Whole Foods on Oct. 25 and left without paying. Authorities said he was stopped in the parking lot by store security staff and subsequently arrested.

Noya, a 7th grade Spanish teacher at George Washington Middle School, was sentenced to 30 days of community service and must pay a $1,000 fine. He declined to comment following his court appearance.

Through his attorney, Harold Springstead, Noya said he had "conducted himself in a disruptive manner" at Whole Foods but added little else.

Superintendent Daniel Fishbein said in November that no action had been taken against Noya's employment, as he had not been convicted.

The teacher's employment status could potentially change given the guilty plea on Thursday.

"When and if guilt is determined or someone’s presence is a detraction to the educational process and action is necessary, please be assured all necessary statutes and codes will be followed,” Fishbein previously said.

Fishbein did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday night.

Noya has worked in Ridgewood Public Schools since 2000 and is scheduled to make $87,000 this year.

Safety 1st January 20, 2013 at 02:03 AM
I agree Mark Mc.... I'm sure having his name/photo in newspaper alone must be mortifying.... his reputation tainted.... no more stones..... hope he gets help
JT January 20, 2013 at 01:41 PM
I agree with JAFO and Raul. People make mistakes. I'm not sure whether I would want this man teaching my child, however, there's no need to ruin his life over this one misjudgment. If he keeps his job, he should be upfront with the children. They'll all know anyway. It's not a bad lesson for kids to learn about, and no, I don't mean that you can get away with stealing. He was caught, it's on record, and if it happens again, he'll certainly be prosecuted criminally.
JT January 20, 2013 at 01:48 PM
How do you know it's not the first time he did it? Better be able to back your accusations. I'm sure he would much rather be working elsewhere than wearing the scarlet letter all you stone-throwers would have him wear. The more I read these un-Christian comments, the more I want to give him a chance. How about teaching our children to give people a second chance? Some of them may need one someday.
SLDon January 20, 2013 at 09:56 PM
I agree also Mark Mc.. He was a wonderful Spanish teacher to my son for many years. He's a good man to his family, and to his students from the interactions I saw through the years. There must be mitigating personal problems causing his mistake that people are not aware of. He needs help and support, and not have his reputation damaged any further.
Harvey April 11, 2013 at 03:09 PM
Absolutely. It's a ridiculous kerfuffle. Why are you Americans so desperate to punish? ooh, somebody smoking! my god. Let's send some drones over. Or pray for them in church.

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