WOODBRIDGE — A Central Jersey EMT was charged with trading sexually explicit messages and photos with a 12-year boy.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said Zachary Motta, 22, of Iselin had graphic conversations with the boy between October 2016 and February 2017. The boy's mother called police, according to Carey, who arrested Motta at his home as he was being questioned.

Motta was employed as an emergency medical technician at a New Brunswick hospital and served with the Iselin Volunteer Fire Company, according to Carey.

Motta was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and possession of child pornography.

Carey asked anyone with information about the case to call the Prosecutor's Office at 732-745-3330.

New Jersey 101.5 recently explored how parents can keep their children safe on the internet — and some of the surprising dangers inherent to even the most benign-seeming games and apps.

Contact reporter Dan Alexander at Dan.Alexander@townsquaremedia.com.

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