Teacher accused of assault has plea hearing continued to June
Appearing in Bridgeport Superior Court on Wednesday, May 13, Timothy J. Leonard, a Middlebrook teacher accused of sexually assaulting a Trumbull teen, did not enter a plea in his case.
His plea hearing was continued to Wednesday, June 24.
Leonard’s lawyer said during proceedings he required additional time to review the case and evidence against his client before proceeding with a guilty or not-guilty plea.
The Middlebrook teacher stands accused of fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a child.
The charges stem from Tuesday, Feb. 10, when Dr. Leonard was found by Trumbull police with a 14-year-old boy in a black Jeep Cherokee parked in a secluded area on Quarry Road around 7:30 p.m.
Police said during the course of speaking to the pair it was determined they had engaged in intimate contact while parked in the vehicle.
Dr. Leonard told police he met the teen on an online dating app and that he likes college aged boys, saying, “that’s my thing.”
He denied knowing the victim was 14 and said he would not have gotten involved with him if he had known his age.