Strict Mus­lim Miss jailed for sex with teens

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A TEACHER who had sex with teen stu­dents, aged 14- 16, blamed her strict Mus­lim up­bring­ing for her randy ways.

Linda Har­dan, 22 ( above), was sen­tenced to three years in jail af­ter plead­ing guilty to send­ing sex­u­ally ex­plicit text mes­sages and en­gag­ing in sex acts with stu­dents while a sup­ply teacher at Manch­ester Re­gional High School, Hale­don, New Jersey.

De­fence lawyer Alissa Has­cup ar­gued her sex­ual ac­tiv­i­ties with stu­dents had been in part a re­sult of her re­li­gious up­bring­ing, and sug­gested that serv­ing time in pri­son would do no good, ask­ing that she be treated by a ther­a­pist un­der strict su­per­vi­sion in­stead.

But pros­e­cu­tors said Har­dan had sent 40 im­ages of her­self “in vary­ing states of un­dress” to a boy, 14, then drove him to the Great Falls in Pater­son, New Jersey, where she com­mit­ted a sex­ual act on him.

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