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September 1, 2014

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Report: Teacher, student sexual encounters occurred at school

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Jennifer Gardel

New details have emerged in the case of a Las Vegas High School teacher arrested Wednesday night on charges of sexual misconduct with a 17-year-old student.

Both the teacher and the student described to police six different sexual encounters, some of which took place in the school theater room or in her classroom, according to a Metro Police report released Friday by the Clark County District Attorney’s Office.

Jennifer Gardel, 30, was booked on multiple felony counts of sexual misconduct, Clark County School District Police said Wednesday. She was released from the county jail after posting $18,000 bail.

Gardel initially told police she was waiting to have sex with the boy until he turned 18 and told detectives she was “in love” with the teen, who was in two of her classes, the report said. She admitted the two sent text messages of a sexual nature back and forth, the report said, but she told police they had only kissed.

Police then interviewed the boy, who described sexual encounters at Gardel’s home, in the sound booth of the high school theater and in Gardel’s classroom. He told detectives the first sexual encounter was in January and that the relationship continued until the last week of April.

The detectives then re-interviewed Gardel, who admitted to the sexual encounters, the report said.

Gardel taught Spanish and theater, school police said.

School police detectives began investigating after someone reported the relationship to police earlier this week, authorities said.

School District officials said earlier this week that Gardel had been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. She began teaching in 2007.

Phone calls to a number listed for Gardel went unanswered. It wasn’t immediately clear if she had a lawyer.

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