PHHS teacher indicted for sexual relationship with student

Jenna Leahey
Jenna Leahey
Jenna Leahey

Acting Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Chief Paul Philipps announce that Jenna Leahey, 32, formerly of Morristown was indicted today after an investigation revealed that she allegedly became involved in a sexual relationship with a 16 year old student. She was arrested on June 8, 2013.

Leahey  was a teacher and field hockey coach at Parsippany Hills High School. The inappropriate nature of the relationship started while the victim was a student at the school. Leahey is a tenured, six-year member of the district teaching staff. The student disclosed the relationship to a staff member at the school.

Defendant was indicted on two counts of Second Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child; one count of Second Degree Sexual Assault; one count of Second Degree Official Misconduct; and three counts of Fourth Degree Criminal Sexual Contact.

The State is represented by Supervising Assistant Prosecutor/SDAG Meg Rodriguez.

Anyone with information relating to these charges is urged to contact Detective Bruce LaFera of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit at (973) 285-6200 or Detective Keith Duffy of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department Detective Bureau at (973) 263-4300.

Acting Prosecutor Knapp thanks the Parsippany-Troy Hills Police Department and the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, whose efforts contributed to this result. A condition of her bail in June 2013 was she is not allowed to have contact with anyone under the age of 18. Her bail was set at $50,000.

The charges and allegations contained in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Any inquiries can be directed to First Assistant Morris County Prosecutor/SDAG Thomas Zelante at (973) 285-6252 or tzelante@co.morris.nj.us.

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.

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