A substitute teacher in New Jersey has been charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student after having been arrested for the sexual assault of a 16-year-old last month.
Linda Hardan, 21, was out on $200,000 bail after being arrested for the sexual assault of a male student at Manchester Regional High School, where she was working. On Tuesday, a psychological evaluation was ordered for Hardan after it was revealed that she sexually assaulted another student, two years younger than the first.
NorthJersey.com reported that Hardan met with the student last month at an undisclosed location in Paterson, where she engaged in sexual activity with him. Hardan also “sent sexually explicit text messages to the student several times between Oct. 15 and Nov. 21,” according to Passaic county prosecutor Gyselle DaSilva.
Two weeks ago, Hardan was originally arrested and charged with having sex with a 16-year-old student. It was discovered shortly after that she had sent explicit text messages to a second 16-year-old student.
Charges stemming from the most recent incident with the 14-year-old eighth grader were announced on Monday. She is now being charged with several counts of child endangerment and sexual assault, in addition to one count of first-degree aggravated sexual assault.
Hardan pleaded not guilty to the new charges, but her attorney has agreed to the psychological evalutation. “We do not believe she is a danger to herself or others,” attorney Aymen Aboushi said. “But we welcome the evaluation, which may help shed light on this case.” The evaluation will occur before a bail reduction hearing on Friday.
Linda Hardan is currently being held on $300,000 bail at the Passaic County Jail.