SCOTTS VALLEY -- The director of technology for the Scotts Valley Unified School District was placed on leave this week in light of his arrest on child molestation charges.
Carl Benedict Guerin, 51, of Live Oak faces multiple counts of child sexual abuse, according to court records. He was arrested late last month by Santa Cruz County sheriff's deputies.
Guerin is due in court Feb. 15 for arraignment on two felony charges of lewd acts with a child, one count of attempting to dissuade a witness, and a misdemeanor count of child molestation.
According to the criminal complaint filed by prosecutors, the allegations against Guerin involve two female victims, one younger than the age of 14 and one 14-15 years of age.
The victims are known to Guerin, and prosecutors don't believe the incidents are in any way connected to his work for the district. They were not known to him in a student capacity.
The criminal complaint alleges the abuse occurred from January 2011 to January 2013.
Guerin, who is out of custody after posting bail, appeared in court briefly on Feb 1, but did not enter a plea. He's due back in court for arraignment next week.
Judge Stephen Sillman, a retired Monterey County judge filling in for Santa Cruz County Judge Ariadne Symons, signed an order of protection for the two victims. He also ordered Guerin not to have contact with any minors without a responsible adult present.
Guerin was placed on mandatory leave after the Scotts Valley Unified School District board of trustees met during closed session Tuesday, superintendent Penny Weaver said.
"As soon as the district became aware of the arrest, the employee was placed on administrative leave," Weaver said. "The district is monitoring the situation and will fulfill its obligations."
Guerin provided services to the school district on a contractual basis before he was hired as a district employee in August 2010, Weaver said.
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