HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — An assistant principal at a central Pennsylvania public high school who was charged Friday was accused by police of carrying on a sexual relationship with an underage student.

Susquehanna Township Police Chief Rob Martin told the Patriot-News of Harrisburg that Shawn Sharkey, 45, will be arraigned after he is arrested in the Philadelphia area.

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Court filings show that Sharkey was charged with sexual contact with a student, corruption of minors and unlawful contact with a minor. Court records did not list a lawyer for Sharkey and no one answered the telephone Saturday at his Abington home.

Authorities said Sharkey had at least 10 different sexual encounters between February and March with a then-16-year-old student. He would pick her up at home and take her to rented motel rooms, police said.

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Sharkey told police that he had had no inappropriate contact with her, court records show.

The girl is now 17, Susquehanna Township School District spokeswoman said. The district said Friday that it planned to fire Sharkey.

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