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Stevens High School teacher charged with sexual assault


CLAREMONT — A Stevens High School teacher arrested Friday evening is on paid administrative leave.

Christopher LeBlanc, 29, of Claremont was arrested and charged Friday with three counts of felonious sexual assault.

The Class B felonies are each punishable by up to 3 1/2 to 7 years in prison.

LeBlanc is currently being held at the Sullivan County House of Corrections pending his arraignment today in the 5th Circuit Court District Division in Claremont.

In a news release Friday night Claremont police said that police and school administrators opened an investigation on LeBlanc after receiving “an allegation of a possible inappropriate relationship between an employee of Stevens High School and a minor.”

Police and the Stevens High School administration investigated the allegation together.

Middleton McGoodwin, Superintendent of SAU # 6 in Claremont, on Sunday would not confirm if the alleged victim is a student, saying he wants to protect the victim who is a minor.

LeBlanc started working for the high school as math teacher in 2013, McGoodwin said.

“The high school administrators started to become aware of rumors,” McGoodwin said.

On Wednesday high school administrators reported concerns to McGoodwin who made the decision to put LeBlanc on paid administrative leave and contact police to start an investigation.

“Due to the nature of the allegation I put the teacher on paid administrative leave on March 19 and working with the authorities two days later he was arrested,” he said. “There is nothing more important than student safety and when we are suspicious of certain things going on that may put that safety at risk we don’t make excuses or ignore it, but rather approach it in a pre-determined manner.”

McGoodwin met with high school administrators Sunday afternoon to discuss resuming a normal school routine today, with resources to be made available to students if needed.

“This is now a police matter. Our objective is to start the school day off. If it is appropriate, if there is a need for students to seek assistance on this, because this is certainly unsettling, those resources will be available to them,” McGoodwin said.

McGoodwin said he will make a decision on LeBlanc’s status with the high school today or Tuesday.

mpierce@newstote.com

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