Middle School Teacher Accused of Sexually Assaulting Girl

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    Police say 34-year-old Jared Leimeister was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting an 8-year-old girl in his apartment. Leimeister is an 8th grade teacher at Pottstown Middle School who served in the National Guard. NBC10's Doug Shimell reports.

    Police arrested a local middle school teacher after he allegedly sexually assaulted a young girl over a period of several months.

    According to a police affidavit, 34-year-old Jared Leimeister inappropriately touched and fondled an 8-year-old girl on several occasions between October 2012 and February 2013.

    Leimeister, of North Coventry Township, teaches science at Pottstown Middle School. Police say the alleged victim is not one of his students however. A spokesperson with the Pottstown School District says they will likely suspend Leimeister without pay pending the outcome of the investigation. School officials are currently in the process of notifying parents of the charges against him.

    “The determination of the criminal charges clearly are going to affect employment status of this individual,” said John Armato of the Pottstown School District.

    Police are also investigating whether Leimeister abused other victims. He is currently charged with endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of minors and indecent assault of a person less than 13-years-old. Leimeister posted bail and was released from the Chester County prison on Monday.

    Leimeister's defense attorney says that his client "vigorously denies" the accusations against him.