Linda Hardan is a substitute school teacher in New Jersey who has been arrested and faces several charge for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old student. Several days after her arrest she was hit with additional charges for allegedly sending sexually explicit pictures to another student, also 16 years old.
The 21-year-old Linda Hardan (mugshot photo above) is a substitute teacher formerly at Manchester Regional High School in Haledon, New Jersey. She is a resident of Prospect Park, New Jersey.
According to North Jersey News via the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office, Linda Hardan was initially arrested for allegedly having sex on November 20th with a 16-year-old male student from Manchester Regional High School. The incident allegedly took place in her vehicle which was parked somewhere in Wayne, New Jersey.
Linda Hardan was arrested the next day for the alleged incidents when school officials notified authorities. She was charged with sexual assault, child endangerment and criminal sexual contact. During her first court appearance she pleaded not guilty. The newspaper goes on to report that according to Passaic County assistant prosecutor Gyselle Da Silva, Hardan had given what amounted to a confession and that her defense attorney maintains that she is innocent.
She now faces another child endangerment charged for allegedly sending sexually explicit photos to another 16-year-old male student, also from the same high school. These incidents are alleged to have taken place in early November. She remains held in jail under $250,000 bail.
As for details of Linda Hardan’s bio and background, the newspaper reports that she lives with her parents and several siblings. As for her employment status, according to school officials she is not a school employee but rather is on a list of substitute teachers list maintained by the Passaic County Education Services Commission.
Check back for updates in this developing story.