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NJ teacher, 65, ‘sexted with undercover cop he thought was boy, 14’

Married father-of-three middle school science teacher, 65, ‘is caught sexting with undercover cop he thought was 14-year-old boy’

  • Jesse Rosenbaum, a science and special education teacher at Long Branch Middle School, charged with attempted endangering the welfare of a child
  • Rosenbaum, a married father of three and grandfather, accused of soliciting boys online for sex acts and chats 
  • Prosecutors say Rosenbaum exchanged sexually explicit emails, text messages and phone calls with undercover cop pretending to be a 14-year-old boy
  • Rosenbaum has been suspended from his teaching job 

Jesse Rosenbaum, 65, a science and special education teacher from New Jersey, has been charged with attempted endangering the welfare of a child

A New Jersey middle school teacher has been caught in a sexting sting after police say he exchanged lewd messages with an undercover detective he thought was a 14-year-old boy.

Jesse Rosenbaum, 65, a science and special education teacher at Long Branch Middle School, has been charged with one count of attempted endangering the welfare of a child.

Rosenbaum, who is said to be a married father of three grown sons, was arrested near his home in Manalapan on Tuesday and booked into the Mercer County Jail. 

According to the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, Rosenbaum had been under an investigation by the agency’s cybercrimes against children unit for allegedly soliciting boys to engage in sex acts and inappropriate conversation, reported Asbury Park Press.

The criminal complaint against Rosenbaum accuses him of exchanging sexually explicit emails, text messages and phone calls with what he believed to be a 14-year-old boy, but who was actually an undercover detective.  

Rosenbaum is a science and special education teacher at Long Branch Middle School

Rosenbaum is a science and special education teacher at Long Branch Middle School 

Rosenbaum has taught at three different school districts in Long Branch for more than 15 years. Prior to earning his teaching degree in 2005, he worked in business, reported NJ.com

Rosenbaum has been suspended from Long Branch Middle School and barred from accessing school property, including digital records, School Superintendent Michael Salvatore said in a letter to parents.

Salvatore characterized the allegations against the teacher as ‘upsetting and disturbing.’

‘We have not been informed that this activity involved any students in our schools, but as we navigate this hybrid learning environment, we will have school personnel prepared to support students, parents and staff when necessary,’ Salvatore wrote. 

Rosenbaum, a married father of three and grandfather (pictured above with his wife), has been accused of soliciting boys online for sex acts and chats

Rosenbaum is pictured with his wife of more than 42 years

Rosenbaum, a married father of three and grandfather (pictured above with his wife), has been accused of soliciting boys online for sex acts and chats

According to social media posts, Rosenbaum and his wife have been married for more than 42 years and have young grandchildren. 

If convicted as charged, Rosenbaum could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $15,000.   

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