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A Bergen County high school teacher and coach was charged with sexually assaulting a student, authorities said Friday.
Samantha Krakower, a 24-year-old Leonia High School health and physical education teacher, has been charged with “having an inappropriate sexual relationship” with a student, according to Bergen District Attorney Mark Musella.
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“During the investigation, it emerged that Krakower, who is also a softball and basketball coach at Leonia High School, formed an inappropriate relationship earlier this year,” Musella said in a statement.
Krakower is charged with sexual assault, criminal sexual contact and endangering the well-being of a child, authorities said. Krakower remained in the Bergen County Jail prior to trial, according to sheriff’s records.
School officials alerted Leon police to the allegations on Thursday, said the prosecutor, who said district police had contacted the district’s special unit for victims.
The district’s school principal, Edward Bertolini, called the incident a “very worrying situation” and said he learned of the allegations after officials received confidential advice. Advice will be offered at the school on Monday, he added.
“Although these charges are pending and there have been no convictions, the notification of these charges is of great concern to the Leonia Board of Education and the entire Leonia community,” said a news release from the school district. “The board suspended this teacher pending a decision on the criminal complaint and this teacher could not be on any of the school premises.”
“The board and administration work closely with law enforcement throughout their investigations and continue to work to ensure the health and safety of our students,” the district said.
Records show Krakower of Palisades Park became a teacher last year. It was not immediately clear whether he had hired an attorney.