Acting Mercer County Prosecutor Angelo J. Onofri and Lawrence Township Police Chief Mark Ubry reported that a teacher at Notre Dame High School was arrested Monday afternoon as his residence in Franklin Township, NJ.

Edmund J. Harman, age 26, is charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of criminal sexual contact. Bail was set in the amount of $150,000.

It is alleged that during an occasion in February 2016, the victim went into school early to meet with Harman in his classroom at Notre Dame for extra credit. During that time, Harman fondled her breasts, kissed the back of her neck, and massaged her back and legs. Harman is also alleged to have directed the student to send him naked photographs of herself.

Harman was arrested Monday afternoon following a joint investigation conducted by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Special Victims Unit and the Lawrence Township Police Department. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information on the case should contact Mercer County Prosecutor’s Detective Ahmad Mansur at (609) 989-6568 or Lawrence Police Detective Todd Caruso at (609) 896-1111.

Despite having been charged, every defendant is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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Mary Galioto
Mary Galioto is the founder, publisher and editor of MercerMe, and a lawyer. Originally from Brooklyn, Mary has progressively moved deeper and deeper into New Jersey, settling in the heart of the state: Mercer County. Formerly the author of an embarrassingly informal blog, Mary is a lifelong writer and asker of questions and was even mentioned, albeit briefly, in the New York Times and Washington Post. In her free time, Mary fills her life with excessive self-reflection, photographing mushrooms, and misguided adventures in random hobbies. Mary also works as the PR Coordinator at the Hopewell Valley Arts Council, serves on the volunteer Board of Trustees of the Lawrence Hopewell Trail (LHT), serves on the Hopewell Borough Board of Health, is a member of the Hopewell Valley Municipal Alliance, and holds the elected position as the Hopewell Borough Democratic Committee Municipal Chairwoman.