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Morris County Teacher Jenna Leahey Indicted On Sex Charges

Parsippany Hills High School (credit: Parsippany Hills High School website)

Parsippany Hills High School (credit: Parsippany Hills High School website)

MORRISTOWN, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Morris County high school teacher has been indicted on charges of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male student.

Jenna Leahey, 32, faces three counts of criminal sexual contact, two counts of child endangerment and single counts of sexual assault and official misconduct, acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp said. The indictment, which was made public Tuesday, was handed up by a county grand jury.

Knapp has said the relationship between the Parsippany Hills High School teacher and her student started in January 2013 and ended about six months later.

A telephone number for Leahey, who formerly lived in Morristown, could not be found Tuesday. It’s not known if she’s retained an attorney.

Leahy was arrested in June after the teen disclosed the alleged relationship to a school staff member.

Leahey allegedly exchanged sexually explicit text messages with the teen, then sent him sexually explicit pictures of herself. The relationship progressed physically to mutual sexual contact, which occurred on and off school grounds, prosecutors said.

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