A New Jersey High School teacher used Facebook to lure a student to the parking lot of a Passaic County restaurant in an attempt to pay him for sex, prosecutors allege [pdf]. Thomas Weir, a teacher at John F. Kennedy High School in Paterson for the past 21 years, allegedly offered the unidentified student $50 "in exchange for sexual acts." Weir was arrested Saturday night in the parking lot of the restaurant by detectives with the sheriff's Internet Crimes against Children Unit (ICAC).

"The student had a Facebook account and the teacher had a Facebook account," explains Joseph Del Russo, the Assistant Chief Prosecutor for Passaic County. "He used the Facebook instant messaging application to contact the student and to entice him to go to a location where he was willing to pay him money for sexual relations."

Weir, 50, is charged with attempted sexual assault, luring or enticing a child, endangering the welfare of a child, and official misconduct. Each charge carries a maximum sentence of ten years in state prison.