WASHINGTON TOWNSHIP (Bergen) — A private school therapist has been charged with molesting a teenage student at her home.

Tara Cardinale, 39, was arrested Friday at her township home, where prosecutors said she had invited the student several times in order to engage in sexual activity.

Cardinale was employed as a licensed clinical social worker at a Paramus private school, which authorities did not publicly identify when announcing her arrest on Tuesday.

Cardinale is charged with child endangerment and criminal sexual contact.

Police began investigating on Dec. 29 when Paramus police learned the allegation that Cardinale was engaged in a sexual relationship with a student.

She was being held in Bergen County jail awaiting a court appearance on Wednesday.

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