Former Claremont high school teacher indicted for sex assaults on student
NEWPORT - The former high school math teacher who police say engaged in a sexual relationship with one of his students at Stevens High School in Claremont has been indicted by the Sullivan County Grand Jury.
Christopher LeBlanc, 29, of Claremont was arrested and charged March 21 after a two-day investigation by Claremont police and Stevens High School administration. He was initially charged at his arraignment with four counts of felonious sexual assault stemming from his alleged sexual relationship with a 14-year-old girl.
The grand jury indicted him on one charge of committing a pattern of aggravated felonious sexual assault and one charge of committing felonious sexual assault in a school zone.
The sexual assault charge alleges he engaged in pattern of sexual assaults with the girl over a period of two months. The charge carries the penalty of 10 to 20 years in state prison and a $4,000 fine.
The school zone charge alleges he engaged in sexual penetration with the girl at Stevens High School. The charge carries the penalty of 10 to 30 years in prison and a $4,000 fine.
In the arrest affidavit, police allege LeBlanc sexually assaulted the student in a high school classroom as well as several other places including his home and a friend’s home.
The affidavit indicates the victim said the sexual relationship started in November, but a friendship between the two had started in the fall that “blossomed into a relationship, as described by the 14-year-old female being similar to a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship.”
Around this time he asked her to babysit for his child.
He complemented her “endlessly” and referred to her as his “rock.” He also confided in her about his pending divorce.
“LeBlanc also told the 14-year-old female that he loved her, and that he would wait for her to turn 18 so they didn’t have to hide their relationship. Leblanc went so far as to talk about future plans with her,” Sgt. Emily M. Cobb wrote in the arrest affidavit.
The affidavit also includes several email messages between LeBlanc and the student including messages he sent her leading up to his arrest.
“Just say we talked a lot but just as friends. Say what we have been saying before. … Don’t mention sexual stuff,” the affidavit quoted from one of the emails.
LeBlanc was released earlier this month on $150,000 cash bail.