South Jersey teacher accused of sending explicit messages to supposed teenager

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Sunday, September 16, 2018
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South Jersey teacher charged after allegedly luring teen girl online. Christie Ileto reports during Action News at 6 a.m. on September 16, 2018.

SICKLERVILLE, N.J. -- A New Jersey fifth-grade teacher has been charged in what prosecutors allege were sexually explicit messages sent to a person he believed to be a 14-year-old girl.

Camden County prosecutor say 38-year-old Jonathan Liano of Sicklerville is charged with second-degree luring as well as sending obscene material to a minor, attempted criminal sexual contact and attempted sexual assault with a minor.

Prosecutors said Liano was arrested Friday in Pennsauken after they allege he arranged to meet the supposed teenager, who was actually an undercover detective. Liano, a teacher at Dwight D. Eisenhower Middle School in Berlin Township, was placed on leave Saturday.

Liano was taken to the county jail pending a detention hearing; a listed number for him couldn't be found Saturday and it's unclear whether he has an attorney.

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