NJ teacher accused of sexually assaulting student

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PATERSON, N.J. (AP) — A substitute teacher in a northern New Jersey school district is accused of sexually assaulting a student.

Passaic County Prosecutors say 21-year-old Linda Hardan, of Prospect Park, is also charged with child endangerment and criminal sexual contact. The charges were filed Friday and made public on Saturday.

Hardan is accused of assaulting a 16-year-old student from Manchester Regional High School, where she worked as a substitute teacher. Prosecutors say the alleged incident occurred Thursday in Wayne, but further details about the incident and the victim were not disclosed.

Hardan could face nearly 17 years in prison if convicted on all counts. It was not known Saturday if she has retained an attorney.