Teacher charged with sexually assaulting teen to enter plea

A teacher accused of sexually assaulting a Trumbull teenager is scheduled to enter a plea in the case on Wednesday, May 13.
Timothy “TJ” Leonard, an English teacher at Middlebrook School in Wilton, is charged with fourth-degree sexual assault and risk of injury to a child. He will enter his plea at Bridgeport Superior Court.
Risk of injury to a child is a class C felony, and fourth-degree sexual assault is a class A misdemeanor.
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 in Trumbull 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, stating, “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.
The teacher has been suspended with pay from Wilton schools “pending an investigation,” Wilton Superintendent Kevin Smith said in February.
Bridgeport Superior Court is at 1061 Main Street, Bridgeport.