NJ principal accused of trying to solicit sex from teen pleads guilty to child abuse

A New Jersey middle school principal accused of trying to solicit sex from a 16-year-old former student has pleaded guilty to a child abuse charge.

Paul Iantosca entered his plea Wednesday as part of an agreement with Morris County prosecutors, who dropped charges of attempted luring and attempted sexual assault. He faces up to 18 months in prison when he's sentenced Sept. 13, but prosecutors are expected to seek a sentence of two years of probation.

The 52-year-old Randolph resident was suspended from his post at Valleyview Middle School in Denville following his arrest in May.

Prosecutors say he sent the teen sexual messages through social media and arranged to meet him in a Denville parking lot, where Iantosca was arrested.