The superintendent of the Fairfield Township School District is facing charges of assault after allegedly beating a Philadelphia store owner he hired to spy on his wife, according to reports.

Philadelphia police said Michael Knox, who was hired by Fairfield in 2017, was arrested after an assault that occurred about 9 a.m. Oct. 18 on the 1800 block of Cottman Avenue. He was charged with aggravated assault, possession of instrument of a crime, terroristic threats and simple assault.

Fairfield schools Solicitor Frank DiDomenico said Tuesday that Knox remains an employee of the district.

“The board has not been presented with anything official that he’s been charged with any crime,” DiDomenico said.

Board of Education President Michelle Kennedy was not immediately available for comment.

According to a report by NBC10, Knox, 48, of Burlington, was upset at the manager of the Philly Spy Shop, which he had hired to spy on his wife.

Investigators told the news station Knox had left his school identification behind, which is how they were able to identify him.

The report further states that Knox was arrested in Sussex County the same day after his wife had called police to report a domestic situation.

Philadelphia police’s public affairs office said Tuesday the department could not confirm the time and location of Knox’s arrest.

DiDomenico said he was unsure whether Knox had come to work this week, but that the board is not allowed to reduce his salary and he has not been placed on administrative leave.

Knox was hired in April 2017 for a four-year contract by the Board of Education. According to state pension records, he earns a salary of $140,000.

Court records show Knox had a preliminary arraignment Friday and that he was released from jail on $35,000 bail.

Knox has a preliminary hearing scheduled Nov. 13 before Judge Jacquelyn Frazier-Lyde in Philadelphia.

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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.

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