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Friend of 16 Year-Old Student Involved in Sexual Relations with Teacher Gives Details on The Stand of Sexual Acts in Classroom

December 4, 2014  |  Posted by: Giovanni DePhillips
Friend of 16 Year-Old Student Involved in Sexual Relations with Teacher Gives Details on The Stand of Sexual Acts in Classroom Jenna Leahey - Image courtesy of dailyrecord.com

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During a pretrial hearing on Tuesday, The Parsippany Hills High School head football coach and two former students testified under oath about having knowledge of a then junior year student in 2013 being intimate with his English teacher Jenna Leahey.

Leahey is facing charges of misconduct and sexual assault.

Morristown Superior Court Judge Robert Gilson, began court proceedings Tuesday and determined which witness statements he will allow a jury to hear regarding the allegations of sexual misconduct by Leahey, which took place between January and June 2013 involving a 16-year-old male student.

On Tuesday, Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Meg Rodriguez questioned Coach David Albano about a meeting he had on June 7, 2013, with student and his close friend, who is also a witness.

Albano stated that the alleged victim was summoned to the school’s administrative offices the previous day where he was questioned about rumors about a sexual affair he was having with Leahey.

Albano said the teen told him he denied the rumors to schools officials, telling them he had no personal involvement with Leahey, “and he was scared because he had lied.”

Albano said the youth used the phrase of “talking with Ms. Leahey,” a euphemism known around school to mean being romantically involved or flirting with someone.

The teen confided that he and Leahey had kissed in her car and in class and had exchanged sexually-graphic texts over their cell phones, Albano said.

“I asked ‘Have you slept with Ms. Leahey?’ He said ‘Well no, not yet,'” Albano testified.

Leahey, 33, who is a Jersey resident, gave police, including Prosecutor’s Office Detective Edward Mitreuter, a taped interview that was played Tuesday to the judge.

During the interview, Leahey admitted sending  the teenager sexually explicit photographs of herself and messages of a sexual nature and that it made her feel bold in a way she wasn’t when being physically near the youth.

Leahey said that when the two saw each other, she tried to resist his aggressive efforts to be sexual with her.

“I never physically touched the kid ever. He is just a kid,” she said in her 2013 interview. “I do feel responsible I didn’t draw that line immediately,” she said of exchanging texts with him.

She also told police that the youth tried several times to kiss her and pawed at her breasts and buttocks and put his hand down her pants despite her protests.

Rodriguez also questioned the student’s close friend in high school, who said the victim admitted to him that he was “talking” to Leahey and that it started when they became friendly playing an online video game with each other.

The friend stated that Leahey allegedly got drunk one night and sent the victim “dirty” messages.

He testified that the accuser showed him messages he received from Leahey, which included “mostly sort of naked” pictures of the body of a woman he believed to be Leahey.

The friend said he received some of the provocative pictures and showed them them to other friends.

Defense attorney Stephanie Forbes, cross examined the witness, who acknowledged that he recently learned it’s a crime to disseminate the photos without the person’s consent but that he doesn’t expect to be charged.

Another highschool friend of the accuser said at first,  he didn’t believe it when the teen told him of his relationship with Leahey. However, he was then shown the text messages.

The second friend said the accuser admitted to the the relationship after he teased him several times about hanging around Leahey’s classroom.

“Ms. Leahey was one of the good-looking teachers in school. I’d say ‘Oh, I saw you trying to flirt with Ms. Leahey.’ He denied it at first and then got fed up with me teasing him about it,” the second friend testified in describing how his friend admitted to a relationship with the teacher.

Up to two additional witnesses could be called to testify before the judge hands down a decision on what statements would be allowed at trial.

Forbes, is expected to file a motion to dismiss the indictment that would be heard early next year and she also wants access to the accuser’s Twitter feed, which she believes is relevant showing he was an aggressor in the liaisons with Leahey.

In June, another Superior Court judge denied Leahey admission into Morris County’s Pre-Trial Intervention program under which the charges would be dismissed if she successfully completed a period of probation and other conditions.

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