Teacher’s sex offences blamed on strict Muslim upbringing
Linda Hardan, 22, a former substitute teacher in New Jersey, has been sentenced to a three-years in prison for sending raunchy nude photos and engaging in oral sex with three different male teen students.
According to this report, Hardan’s defence attorney, Alissa Hascup, told judge Miguel de la Carrera that Hardan’s strict Muslim upbringing had caused her to send raunchy photos and engage in sex acts with the male teens.
Hardan met the three students – aged 16, 16 and 14 – while she was a substitute teacher at Manchester Regional High School amid North Jersey’s residential sprawl.
She “sexted” 40 photos of herself “in varying states of undress” to the 14-year-old student, according to prosecutors. Eventually, she drove him to the Great Falls of the Passaic River. There, she performed a sex act on him. The experience unsettled the student. He was “so disgusted that he got out of the car and walked home,” according to court records.
Hardan provided oral sex to one of the 16-year-old students.
The prosecutor in the case, Gyselle Da Silva, blamed Hardan for disturbing one of the 16-year-old male students so badly that he dropped out of high school – apparently permanently.
The incidents occurred in 2014, when Harden was 20.
Prosecutors charged Hardan with one count of second-degree sexual assault and a pair of child endangerment counts.
When she pleaded guilty in the summer, Hardan wept uncontrollably. The temporarily stopped the proceedings so she could regain her composure.
During Monday’s sentencing hearing, Hardan’s family members described her as “the foundation, the rock” of her family.
Before passing sentence, de la Carrera noted that Hardan appeared to have a sheltered and stunted emotional development because of her strict upbringing.
She had classmates and friends, but somehow, perhaps because of limitations on her dating life, she didn’t find the proper outlet among males of her own age. She did not learn how to interact with guys her age.
The judge denied Hardan’s request to finish this semester’s coursework at Passaic County Community College before serving her prison term.
Hardan will be eligible for parole in a year but will face a lifetime of probation.
Hat tip: Trevor Blake