MANVILLE, NJ –  A 23-year-old substitute teacher in Manville faces criminal charges for engaging in sexual contact with a 16-year-old student, according to Acting Somerset County Prosecutor Michael H. Robertson.

Nicholas Kita, of North 10th Avenue, Manville, was arrested yesterday and charged with  3rd Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child, and 4th Degree Criminal Sexual Contact on connection with the March 17th incident, when it was first reported to Manville police that Kita had engaged in sexual contact with the student while on Manville school property, according to Robertson.

At the time Kita was working in the capacity of a substitute teacher with the Manville Public School System, according to Robertson. 

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Detectives from the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit and the Manville police determined that Kita had been communicating with the student through a mobile phone application prior to the alleged sexual assault  The communications between Kita and the student were of a sexual nature, according to Robertson.

Kita was arrested at his residence without incident and is lodged in the Somerset County Jail, in lieu of $30,000 bail, according to Robertson.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Sex Crimes and Child Abuse Unit at (908) 231-7100, or the Manville Police Department (908) 725-1900.

Those individuals requesting to remain anonymous can call the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477) or visit www.888577tips.orgor www.scpo.net and click on either “Crime Stoppers” or “TIPS HOTLINE”. All anonymous Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.