BEDFORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire school employee who supported a former guidance counselor as she was sentenced for sexually assaulting a student has been put on paid leave.

WMUR-TV reports Zanna Blaney, the dean of student services at Bedford High School, was placed on leave after a report by an independent counsel was given to the district's interim superintendent, Michael Fournier. He received the report last month as part of an examination of possible teacher misconduct in the wake of controversy surrounding former Bedford guidance counselor Kristie Torbick. She pleaded guilty earlier this summer to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old student when she worked in Exeter.

Blaney is one of three Bedford school employees who supported Torbick at her sentencing. The school superintendent, Chip McGee, resigned over his decision to allow Blaney to support Torbick.

Blaney did not respond immediately to an email seeking comment Thursday.

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Information from: WMUR-TV, http://wmur.com