Child sex assault allegations against Cliffside Park counselor resurrected in civil lawsuit


September 2, 2002

By Tom Nobile

Three years after sexual assault charges against a Cliffside Park guidance counselor were dropped, the family of the alleged victim has renewed the accusations in a lawsuit blaming the local school district for allowing the alleged abuse to occur on school grounds.

The lawsuit, filed in Superior Court last week, targets Cliffside Park’s school board and its superintendent for employing Edward Meier, who allegedly abused a 5-year-old girl at the high school and during school sponsored events from 2010 through 2014, according to the complaint.

Meier had worked at Cliffside Park High School for more than three decades, earning awards as a teacher and guidance counselor when he was arrested in October 2014 on sexual assault charges.

A Superior Court judge later dismissed all six counts against him over credibility issues with the alleged victim. The girl’s mother, however, is pressing forward in civil court for unspecified damages.

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