Teacher Pleads Guilty to Disorderly Conduct Charge

Wyckoff resident Adolfo Noya, a 7th grade teacher in Ridgewood, 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, waved 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.

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Barbara Jean Catanzaro January 19, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Guy should be fired! Great for students to know teachers shoplift. Pathetic!
Eaton Twatz January 19, 2013 at 05:01 AM
Makes $90, 000 , works 7 months a year, we have to pay his pension, medical plan for rest of his life. His reasoning for stealing $75 in groceries, got 10 percent cost of living raise instead of 12. Typical Obama lover, fire this bum and put him in jail!
S. Miller January 19, 2013 at 01:41 PM
how exactly does a shop lifting charge get changed to disorderly conduct? He stole groceries, in a quiet way, just walked out of the store hoping not to get caught...does not apperar disorderly...teaches our kids that is it often possible to twist the truth into something that has less serious consequences...I'm confused here.
Elizabeth Taylor January 19, 2013 at 02:18 PM
Fire him! These teachers are suppose to set examples for our children. Obviously he's a thrill seeker I wonder what else thrills him. Scary he's around children.
Inigo de Loyola January 20, 2013 at 12:58 AM
No tiene verguenza.
Joe videodummy January 20, 2013 at 05:51 AM
While Mr. A Noya totes ( takes only the expensive stuff ) out of the food store, many people making way less than 87K per year, are making hard choices and cutting back on the munchies in order to afford the $250.00 needed for a bullet proof backpack to keep their children safe while walking to and from school. In the mean-time, we send the kids to school with the instilled knowledge that stealing is unacceptable, and they come home with new 'ear buds' and tell us they got them while they were conducting a disruptive manner experiment.
Judy January 20, 2013 at 11:07 PM
Judy January 20, 2013 at 11:08 PM


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