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Paterson Teacher Under Indictment

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Thomas Weir, a teacher at John F. Kennedy School in Paterson NJ, has been suspended due to allegations that he’s been charged with aggravated sexual assault and promoting prostitution amongst students at the school. There are five alleged victims, the youngest being just thirteen years old.

Weir who has been a teacher for twenty one year’s allegedly got in contact with these students through Facebook.

Christopher Freid, Passaic Senior Asst. Prosecutor, who is also one of the three prosecutor’s on Weir’s case said, “The primary victim was contacted directly through Facebook where he said, ‘Let’s meet for dinner, and I’ll give you money in exchange for sexual acts.’”

Weir’s lawyers deny that any of this happened, however, during this investigation, a 37-year-old former student of Weir’s came forward and made allegations saying that things had also happened when he (the student) was between the ages of 10-16 years old.

This is not the first time Weir has been arrested or charged with sexual assault.

In 2004, Weir was arrested for similar charges and was acquitted. In February 2013, Weir was arrested and charged for promoting prostitution of a child and one count of endangering the welfare of a child.

Weir was again, arrested in March 2013, four days later and charged for soliciting sex from a male student.

Many of Weir’s cases have followed the same pattern where the victim would be contacted through social media websites, primarily through Facebook.

Many people are beginning to question why Weird has only been suspended for days at a time, and why after his first arrest back in 2004 he was allowed to return back to teaching with young children.

The school district has made no comment on this situation. Weir will be arraigned later this month and prosecutors intend to offer him a plea deal.


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