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Ex-Reporter Found Guilty of Sexually Assaulting 4-Year-Old

Charles Leaf's sentencing is set for June 6, report says.

A former Fox 5 reporter from Wyckoff has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl at his township home, NorthJersey.com reported. A jury convicted Charles Leaf of all charges against him Thursday, including aggravated sexual assault, sexual assault, child endangerment, possession of child pornography and evidence tampering, the report said.

Leaf’s sentencing is set for June 6, the report said.

The charges stem from a 2010 incident in which a then 4-year-old told her babysitter that Leaf touched her private parts and instructed her to touch his. During the trial, the girl testified that it had not happened, and that the babysitter coached her to say it. Leaf denied the allegations on the stand.

According to NorthJersey.com, Leaf is an ex-Marine who worked as a reporter for Fox 5 from 2006 until the charges were brought up against him, at which time he was suspended.

erin rose February 23, 2014 at 10:20 AM
I dont know Susan Gaudet or Charles Leaf but Im convinced beyond any reasonable doubt that he is INNOCENT and that SHE is a jealous and manipulative sociopath who has conspired with the nanny. It is easier for a jury to believe the accusations against him ... despite any proof or evidence ... than it is to believe someone could be so evil as to frame him...but I see right thru Ms. Gaudet. I have a sister just like her. Sociopaths can be very convincing...but you cant believe a word they say. I am a college educated female. Too bad I wasnt on the jury. Mr. Leaf would be a free man. I also suggest he find new legal representation for his appeal. His defense atty is ineffective, to say the least.
Cha Cha February 23, 2014 at 04:02 PM
I don't know what evidence you have about this case. He either had a link to child pornography on his computer, or he didn't. If you don't know these people what makes you this this woman is a sociopath? How can you be so sure? You should give the jury more credit. By the way, I can't believe there was no picture of this creep to use. I found him easily online. This is irresponsible of the paper not to show him while you have identified so many others.
erin rose February 24, 2014 at 02:07 AM
There is no evidence. Thats just one of the many problems with this case. And we all know juries are never wrong. Just ask any of the hundreds of convicted rapists and killers freed after the advent of DNA evidence proved their innocence. Oh. But conveniently, Mr. Leaf is not accused of rape. Most likely because that could have been DISproven.
erin rose February 24, 2014 at 03:12 AM
And BTW, does the name Margaret Kelly Michaels mean anything to you?


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