Female high school teacher, 26, arrested for ‘having sex with 16-year-old male student’
Authorities have arrested a female social studies teacher on charges of sexually assaulting a male student.
Kristin Leone, 26, is accused of engaging in sexual conduct with the 16-year-old youth on two occasions in New Jersey.
Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes says detectives began investigating allegations against the Clifton High School teacher on Monday.
‘She’s 26. He’s 16,’ Valdes said. ‘He is her student and a subordinate to her, so while there’s no evidence that she coerced him or forced him physically, legally he cannot consent.’
Leone was arrested later in the day and released on $100,000 bond.
Her attorney, Ronald Ricci, says his client plans to plead not guilty to the charges.
The social studies teacher allegedly had two encounters with the teenage boy in April, including one encounter in a school classroom.
The other encounter occurred at the teacher’s home and allegedly involved sexual intercourse.
The prosecutor said there were no signs that anyone was coerced, but the relationship was not legal.