Editor's note: This article is part of a Safe Schools special report by the Daily Bulletin detailing the data received following a request for documents from 19 Inland Valley school districts concerning complaints of teacher misconduct. The special project comes in light of the sexual abuse scandal at Miramonte School in South Los Angeles last year. Find the documents posted on our Safe Schools special section.
UPLAND - They had sex with minors, were charged with lewd acts or exchanged romantic text messages with high school students.
The Upland Unified School District has reported three teachers to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing over the last five school years.
The incidents were reported to the media in response to a Public Records Act request made by the Daily Bulletin.
Sex with a minor
On March 16, 2007, then-Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Services Walter D. Schwartz wrote a letter to the CTC regarding a female teacher. Upland police were investigating an incident of alleged sexual misconduct with a student. The teacher was out on medical leave for the remainder of the 2006-2007 school year, and no charges had been filed at the time.
In Nov. 1, 2007, the teacher received a follow-up letter, informing her that her teaching credentials had been revoked, based on her felony conviction for unlawful sexual intercourse with
Charged with lewd acts
On Dec. 22, 2008, Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources (and now interim superintendent) Sherri Black advised the CTC that a warrant had been issued for a male teacher on Dec. 18. The teacher was charged with six violations of Penal Code 288(a): lewd acts with a child under age 14. The teacher submitted his letter of resignation on Dec. 16, which was ratified by the school board that same night. It took another 21 months for the case to work its way through the court system, and the CTC contacted him on Sept. 22, 2010, telling him his credentials had been revoked based on his misdemeanor conviction on four counts of battery.
Sexy text messages
In a letter dated Oct. 29, 2010, lawyers representing a male physics teacher at Upland High School informed the district they intended to appeal their client's imminent firing.
According to the attached documents, the teacher had been accused of immoral conduct, unfitness for service and violation of or refusal to obey school laws of the state.
The district's documentation included samples of 670 text messages between the teacher and a 17-year-old girl between May 25 and June 11, 2010, which included the following exchange:
"I probably don't need to ask this any more, but do you need a ride in the morning?"
"Pwease. I give ya another kiss lol."
"I don't need a kiss. Just happy to give you a ride."
"I'm still gonna. You really do make me happy."
"No, you are not. And you make me happy, too. So great to have such a wonderful daughter."
"Yes, one who can be a naughty at times lol."
Later text message exchanges between the teacher and student reference each of them masturbating.
According to school documentation, the teacher also bought the student a $50 corset halter top from an online store and took her on a hike with his daughter.
The documents made available by the school district do not mention the ultimate outcome of the appeal hearing.