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Former Morris Catholic HS teacher, coach charged with sexual assault of two students

DENVILLE TOWNSHIP, NJ (Morris County) – A former Morris Catholic High School teacher and volleyball coach is accused of sexually assaulting two students, according to from Morris County Prosecutor Fredric Knapp.

Carlos A. Franco-Leon, 42, of Rockaway Township, was charged Sunday with six counts of first-degree aggravated sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault, and two counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

Franco-Leon allegedly committed sexual acts upon two minor female students known to him while he was working as a teacher and volleyball coach at Morris Catholic High School, located in Denville Township, authorities said in a statement issued Sunday afternoon.

The acts were alleged to have occurred on various occasions between 2015 and 2019. His employment with Morris Catholic High School ended in 2018, Knapp said.

Franco-Leon was lodged at the Morris County Correctional Facility pending a court appearance, Knapp said.

Anyone with information relating to this incident is encouraged to call the Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200 or the Denville Police Department at 973-627-4900.

Jay Edwards

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