February 25, 2013 at 1:13 PM
PATERSON, NJ – The math teacher accused of offering a Kennedy high school student $50 for sex previously had been charged with criminal sexual contact involving his work at Passaic County Community College (PCCC), authorities confirmed Monday afternoon.
In 2005, Thomas Weir was acquitted of criminal sexual contact charges that resulted from allegations made by a male PCCC student, according to news reports at the time.
Weir, a city teacher for more than 20 years, has been suspended with pay as a result of the charges filed against him this past weekend, according to a statement issued by Paterson Public Schools.
“In response to information that surfaced in the schools and brought to the attention of the administration of JFK Complex, the district worked in conjunction with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office and the Passaic County Sheriff’s Department, which resulted in the arrest of Thomas Weir, a high school teacher at that location,’’ reads Paterson Public Schools’ statement. “This is now a police investigation and the district is working in full cooperation with the Prosecutor’s Office and the Sheriff’s Department.”
“Consistent with NJ Department of Education laws and district policies, Mr. Weir will be suspended with pay immediately, pending further action. Counseling services have been made available to the students of the school,’’ continued the statement.
Weir, a 50-year-old resident of Monticello, N.Y., just started teaching at the Kennedy educational complex. He previously had taught in city elementary schools.