Jenna Leahey is a former teacher and coach in New Jersey who faces felony charges, including sexual assault, for an alleged six-month sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male student.

Jenna Leahey

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The 33-year-old Jenna Leahey (photo above) was an English teacher and field hockey coach at Parsippany Hills High School in Morris County, New Jersey. She was arrested in June 2013 for allegedly having a sexual relationship with a then 16-year-old male from January through June of 2013.

At the time she was charged with endangering the welfare of a child and criminal sexual contact. She was later hit with additional charges including sexual assault and official misconduct. She entered a not guilty plea. She is in the headlines again as the case is now making its way through the court system.

According to NJ.com, at a pre-trial hearing, a witness who is friend of the alleged victim, has testified that alleged victim told him about the alleged sexual relationship he was having with Leahey. He said that they touched each other’s genitals “and they did other physical things in her classroom” and “He also told me she took him home with her after a volleyball game.”

The publication goes on to note that the friend said the alleged victim “told me he was talking to a girl,” which is a euphemism for dating. The student further said in his testimony, “He made me guess who it was. I said a sophomore, junior, senior? Then, I said, ‘Was it a teacher?’ and he got really quiet.”

According to The Daily Record, Jenna Leahey admitted to police in an interview that she had sent sexually explicit messages and photos of herself to the alleged victim and called herself “stupid” for doing so. She also claimed that when he was sexually aggressive towards her in person she attempted to resist. She further claimed that she “never physically touched” him, and further saying of texting with him that she felt responsible because she “didn’t draw that line immediately.”

The Daily Record goes on to report that the judge will here from one or two more witnesses before rendering a decision on what statements will be allowed at the trial. Additionally, the publication reports that Leahey’s attorney is expected to file a motion to dismiss the indictment.

Check back for updates in this developing story.




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