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Maynard High teacher’s aide charged with giving alcohol, drugs to teens

A teacher’s aide at Maynard High School was arrested Monday on accusations of providing marijuana and alcohol to minors on several occasions, according to District Attorney Gerry Leone’s office.

Jennifer Olsen, 41, of Maynard, was charged with four counts of procuring alcohol for a minor and two counts of drug violations in a school zone, among other charges, Leone’s office said in a statement.

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In one instance, Olsen allegedly picked up four high school students and drove to a secluded parking lot where they all smoked marijuana in her vehicle, the statement said.

“These are very troubling allegations, where the defendant furnished illegal substances to youth in violation of law and the trust placed in her by the town of Maynard,” Leone said in the statement.

In another instance, which allegedly occurred on school property, Olsen met with the same four students to smoke marijuana again, Leone’s office said.

Olsen also allegedly purchased alcohol and gave it to the teenagers and communicated with at least one teen through e-mail and social media to discuss providing the student with illegal substances, the statement said.

Olsen did not show up for an administrative hearing with school officials and the Maynard School Department terminated her employment on Nov. 5, the statement said.

Maynard police said they could not comment on the case.

The school’s website lists a Jennifer Olsen under the school’s Special Education Department. School officials could not be reached Monday night.

Olsen will be arraigned Tuesday in Concord District Court.

Melanie Dostis can be reached at melanie.dostis@globe.com.
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