More than a year after allegedly having a sexual relationship with one of her students from Parsippany Hills High School, former teacher Jenna Leahey was denied pretrial intervention.

According to, Leahey, of Morristown, was denied pretrial intervention because “the offenses are serious,” Judge Mary Gibbons Whipple said, and that this case should be at the hands of a jury, not a judge.

Leahey is accused of having a sexual relationship with a then-16-year-old student between January and June of 2013. In total, Leahey is charged with seven offenses. She was an English teacher and field hockey coach at Parsippany Hills High School.

The defense brought new evidence to light in court Tuesday, the report said, insinuating the teacher didn’t know what to do about the sexual advances from the teen because he was stronger than her and she was afraid for her safety.

Stephanie Forbes, Leahey’s defense attorney, even said the student would come into the classroom and assault the teacher, the report said.

Read more about the hearing here.

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