High School Coach, Teacher Charged in the Poconos


EAST STROUDSBURG, MONROE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – A high school coach who is also a substitute teacher faces numerous charges.

Eyewitness News has exclusively learned that Leighton Hewitt is charged with Rape, Sexual Assault and other offenses. The alleged victim isn’t much older than the students he coaches and teaches.

On Wednesday, police were called to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Pocono’s emergency room for a sexual assault investigation. A 19-year-old woman claimed Leighton Hewitt raped her inside a bedroom he rents on Sopher Street in East Stroudsburg.

“What we’ve been told is she was too frightened to yell out or scream out,” says Chief John Ward, Stroud Area Regional Police.

Hewitt is the girls volleyball head coach at East Stroudsburg High School North. He’s also a substitute teacher in the Stroudsburg School District.

“When you have people in positions of authority or mentorship where they can influence younger people, then that is extremely concerning. And it’s something that can’t be tolerated,” Chief Ward adds.

Investigators say, at first, Hewitt and the teen were watching a movie.

“Then, what started out as an alleged massage, transgressed into an active sexual assault,” Chief Ward explains.

According to court papers, the victim escaped once a tenant arrived to the building on Sopher Street. Hewitt allegedly told the teen “this stays between us.”

The coach and teacher also allegedly said “I don’t know what you expected when you came into my room?”

“It is concerning,” Chief Ward adds.

Hewitt is behind bars, unable to post $100,000 bail. He’s due back in court later this month.

Eyewitness News contacted the East Stroudsburg Area School District for comment. We were told someone would return our call, but we haven’t heard back yet. 

Eyewitness News also reached out to the Stroudsburg School District. The Superintendant says after hearing about the charges, he will conduct an investigation and take the necessary steps from there.

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