NJ teacher denies offering student $50 for sex

Thomas Weir

February 28, 2013 5:17:05 AM PST
A northern New Jersey high school teacher has denied allegations that he arranged to meet a male student at a fast-food restaurant and pay the youth $50 for sex.

Thomas Weir, who has homes in Monticello, N.Y. and Paterson, pleaded not guilty to charges of attempted sexual assault, luring and child endangerment during a court hearing Wednesday. He remains jailed on $500,000 bail.

Weir was arrested Saturday night at a fast-food restaurant in Paterson, where authorities say he had planned to meet the student.

Authorities say the 50-year-old teacher contacted the student through Facebook, but the boy instead contacted authorities.

Paterson school officials say Weir has worked in the district for 21 years.