Local Teacher Arrested For Soliciting Sex From A Minor

Thomas R. Carraher (Photo courtesy Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office)

  HOWELL – A Township man, who is a local teacher and sports coach, has been arrested and charged with soliciting sex for money and more, officials said.

  Thomas R. Carraher, 26, is charged with Attempted Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Attempted Promotion of Obscene Material to a Minor, and Attempted Criminal Sexual Contact.

  Carraher is employed as a teacher at the Mahala F. Atchison Elementary School in Tinton Falls, and also works as a basketball coach at the Shrewsbury Borough School. 

  According to officials, Carraher used a social media app in attempt to solicit sex and sent a graphic image and video of himself to a person he thought was a 14-year-old girl. He also attempted to solicit a graphic image from the person he was communicating with.

  As a result, he was arrested without incident and then transported to the Monmouth County Correctional Institution pending future proceedings in Monmouth County Superior Court.

  Officials at this time have no indication that the charges relate directly to any student or student-athlete at either school.

  Anyone who has additional information about Carraher’s activities is asked to contact MCPO Detective Anthony Lacher at 800-533-7443.

  Despite these charges, every defendant is presumed innocent, unless and until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt, following a trial at which the defendant has all of the trial rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution and State law.