High School Teacher From Fair Lawn Indicted on Sex Charges

Kristin Leone, 27, a 2003 graduate of Fair Lawn High School, was indicted Tuesday on charges that she had sex with one of her students at Clifton High School.

A 27-year-old Clifton High School teacher who grew up in Fair Lawn was indicted this week on sexual assault charges stemming from two sexual encounters she allegedly had this April with one of her male students.

Kristin Leone, a 2003 Fair Lawn High School graduate, was arrested at her Clifton apartment in May after a joint investigation by the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office and the Clifton Police Department found sufficient evidence to demonstrate that Leone had engaged in sexual contact with a 16-year-old high school student on two separate occasions — one on school grounds and one at her home in Clifton — according to a statement provided by the prosecutor's office.

Leone was formally charged by a Passaic County grand jury on Tuesday with one count of sexual assault, one count of endangering the welfare of a child, one count of luring and enticing a child, two counts of criminal sexual contact and two counts of official misconduct.

She has pleaded not guilty to the charges and is free on $100,000 bail.

Police were made aware of the alleged illicit relationship between Leone and her student by Clifton High School administrators, Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia Valdes said in a statement.

Leone, who is currently on leave from her teaching job, had been a full-time social studies instructor at Clifton High School since 2009, and also worked part-time for Bloomfield High School as a marching band instructor, according to NorthJersey.com.

She played in the marching band at Fair Lawn High School.

In May, Leone's lawyer, Ronald Ricci, told NorthJersey.com that his client had no disciplinary record and was popular with students and colleagues.


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Tim Burke September 23, 2012 at 07:28 PM
"One time at Band Camp..."
Concerned4Society September 24, 2012 at 12:21 PM
Honestly, I don't believe this is anything new. When I was in high school (the early 1960s) there was one boy in our class to whom the teacher would hand her car keys at the beginning of the period and he'd take off, with the promise he'd be back at the end of the period. I would bet the car keys weren't the only thing she was handing him. She always wore necklines with deep Vs or scoops and would deliberately lean over the desk so the guys got a good show. I think we simply didn't speak about it back then...we were taught to "respect" people in authority. Snitching was a no-no. Unfortunately, many of them don't respect themselves. I'm glad times have changed enough that the kids are coming forward.
Amanda McDonald September 24, 2012 at 09:35 PM
It's totally inappropriate and disgusting. The boy is a child. It doesn't require much effort for a woman to get play while sticking to her age range and keeping it legal. She abused her power for whatever reason and should be ashamed. So pathetic!
Dan October 01, 2012 at 02:07 PM
The boy is a "child" at 16? Far from it, he is a horny male with raging hormones. Yes, he probably does not have the judgment and the control of an adult male. But it is ridiculous to criminalize a consensual sexual relationship just because he is two year under 18.
Turd Ferguson October 26, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Hehe. I remember Kristin.


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