1st-grade teacher who raped, molested at least 6 girls in NJ goes to prison
A former first-grade teacher — who was allowed to prey on more young victims after being accused of violating students at a Morris County school district — has been sentenced to 14 years in prison.
Jason Fennes, 42, of Bloomfield, however, still faces more prison time when he is sentenced for sexually abusing a private school student in Somerset County two years after the Montville school district allowed him to resign without reporting him to the proper authorities.
The 14-year sentence handed down Friday by a Superior Court judge in Morristown was for charges of sexual penetration with two victims and sexual contact with three more victims.
Fennes must serve at least 85 percent of his sentence before he is eligible for release. He also will be subject to parole supervision for life and must register as a sex offender under Megan's Law.
Fennes was arrested after a then-13-year-old girl in 2011 reported that he had abused her when he was her first-grade teacher at William Mason School.
After his arrest, three more girls reported that they had been abused by him in the first grade at the school between 2005 and 2008.
A fifth victim said she was assaulted when she was 14 when he was her track coach at Butler High School in 1996-97.
Fennes went on to molest a sixth known victim after the Montville district allowed him to resign after he was accused of inappropriately touching students. Last year a state appellate court found that the district had a legal duty to report the accusation to authorities, including the Division of Youth and Family Services and the Board of Examiners, which can revoke teachers' certifications.
A year after he resigned from Montville, he was hired by the Cedar Hill Prep School in Franklin. Fennes admitted to sexually assaulting a first-grade student there in 2010 and 2011.
Anyone with more information about Fennes is asked to call Lt. Steven Brylinski of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office at 973-285-6200.
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