Friday, June 14, 2013

New Jersey Teacher-Coach Allegedly Engaged in Sex Acts with Teen

Jenna Leahey, 32-year-old teacher at Parsippany Hills High School, Parsippany-Troy Hills, New Jersey, has been arrested for allegedly carrying on a six-month sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male student.

Leahey, who is also the coach of the school’s field hockey team, was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact. She allegedly began exchanging sexually explicit text messages with the student in late January. She later sent lewd pictures of herself to the boy. Female teacher and male student later kissed and engaged in further sex acts until Thursday last week, when the teenager told another staff member at the high school and Leahey was arrested on Friday, June 7.

Bail was set at $100,000 cash with no 10 percent cash, property or bond alternative. Judge Thomas V. Manahan also set the condition that Leahey is to have no contact with the victim and no unsupervised contact with children under the age of 18. If convicted of the charges, Leahey faces a maximum potential custodial sentence of approximately 20 years, subject to parole supervision for life and Megan’s Law guidelines.

Anyone with relevant information about the alleged crimes is asked to call the Parsippany Police Department Detective Bureau at 973-263-4300 or the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit at 973-285-6200.

New Jersey teacher accused of sexual relationship with student

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