October 3, 2008
Teacher's Aide pleads not guilty in online seduction case
Ex-Aide Simard Accused Of Explicit Online Discussions 

A former teacher's aide accused of luring a teenage student into a sexual relationship in Goffstown has been released on bail.

Jennifer Simard, 24, of Goffstown, pleaded not guilty Monday to two felony charges of prohibited use of a computer.

She was arrested last week and arraigned in Hillsborough County Superior Court on Monday, Sept. 29, where she was released on $50,000 bail. She had been an on-call substitute for a teacher’s aide at Mountain View Middle School.

Though she is not charged with sexual assault, she is accused of having explicit online discussions with a 15-year-old Mountain View Middle School student to lure him into sexual encounters. The boy, who turned 15 in September, is identified only as “J.B.” Because he is under 16, he is considered a child by law, according to the indictment.

An indictment handed down by a Hillsborough County grand jury on Sept. 19 documents in graphic detail two sexually explicit conservations Simard allegedly had with the boy sometime between August and September this year. Prosecutors said Simard told another student that the encounters happened during a ski trip.

The two charges that are being pressed against Simard are Class B felonies. Each carries a maximum sentence of three-and-a- half to seven years in prison and a $4,000 fine. If convicted of both, Simard could face consecutive sentences

Authorities began investigating after Simard's husband became suspicious when he spotted Simard and the boy leaving a health club together.






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