MANCHESTER — A sixth-grade teacher was arrested Friday afternoon and charged with engaging in more than 100 emails that were “sexual in nature” with a student younger than 16, Manchester police officials said.
Manchester juvenile detectives coordinated the arrest of Parkside Middle School teacher Jennifer Glidden, 50, at her Exeter home by Exeter police officers around 3:30 p.m. Friday.
She was charged with certain use of computer services prohibited, the crime often employed regarding emails that amount to sexual contact under the state’s criminal code.
Glidden was released on $2,500 personal recognizance bail and was scheduled to next appear in Hillsborough County Superior Court on Dec. 20.
Dr. Bolgen Vargas, Manchester School District superintendent, said he acted quickly upon learning of the allegations.
“The safety of our students is our highest priority. Immediately after learning of the potential misconduct on the part of Ms. Jennifer Glidden we took swift action,” Vargas said in a statement.
“We began an investigation, placed Ms. Jennifer Glidden on administrative leave, and contacted the police and other authorities. Behavior of this type is reprehensible and will not be tolerated.”
The school resource officer first alerted school administrators on Tuesday about possible “inappropriate activity” between a Parkside teacher and a student.
Detectives found the student and Glidden had exchanged over 100 emails, many “sexual in nature,” between Nov. 2 and this past Tuesday.
School administrators fully cooperated with Manchester police detectives during this three-day investigation, officials said.
Manchester police officials said there would be no further information released until Dec. 10 at the earliest.