Jennifer Frechette faces charges of sexual assault and risking injury to a child
A drama teacher in New Haven, Connecticut has been charged with felony sexual assault after allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a 15-year-old male student, PEOPLE confirms.
Jennifer Frechette, 44, turned herself in to the New Haven Police last week after they issued an arrest warrant for an alleged incident last winter.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit that was released on Monday, two school security guards told authorities that they found Frechette and the student victim in a classroom at Wilbur Cross High School. The guards alleged they were in a makeshift bed made out of pillow and a quilt, and that both Frechette and the student were fully clothed when they were discovered.
The affidavit states that Frechette told the guards that she was married with a family and that “nothing happened” between her and the alleged victim. The guards also claimed that Frechette repeatedly said that she didn’t know what she was thinking. At one point, according to the affidavit, she allegedly said that the student had “sweet talked” her.
Frechette was immediately placed on paid administrative leave.
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Authorities filed search warrants for the phone records of Frechette and the alleged victim. According to the affidavit, the victim’s phone allegedly contained sexual text conversations with Frechette.
Although the teen initially told police that nothing sexual had happened, the affidavit states that his mother later took him to the school nurse to inquire about testing for a sexually transmitted disease. The school nurse reported the visit to police, who interviewed him last month.
During the second interview, the victim allegedly told police that Frechette had sexual contact on the couch in her classroom sometime in December.
In a statement, the Reginald Mayo, Interim Superintendent of Schools, said, “The care and safety of students is the top priority for New Haven Public Schools. A breach of that responsibility by any staff member is cause for concern. The arrest of a New Haven teacher on allegations of sexual assault and risk of injury is deeply troubling.”
“While we respect due process,” Mayo continues, “Based on the charges filed and the information included in the arrest warrant I will be moving forward with a recommendation of termination from employment with the New Haven Public Schools.”
Frechette has been charged with one felony count of second-degree sexual assault. She also faces two felony counts of Risk of Injury to a Child and a misdemeanor count of 4th degree sexual assault. She has pleaded not guilty and was released on $100,000 bond. Her attorney, Eric Chester, did not return PEOPLE’s call for comment.