Former teacher pleads no contest to sex offenses | News – California News

Former teacher pleads no contest to sex offenses | News – California News

A former Sheldon High School teacher on Sept. 11 pled no contest to charges that he had an affair with a 17-year-old student.

John Richard Young, 53, was arrested this May on charges of committing a sexual act with a minor. He later entered his plea during a settlement conference at the Sacramento Superior Court.

Sacramento County sheriff’s investigators started investigating Young after a family member of the victim discovered text messages between the defendant and the victim.

Elk Grove Unified School District officers placed the Spanish teacher on administrative leave this March after the investigation began.

The sheriff’s Sexual Assault and Elder Abuse Bureau later determined that Young committed sexual offenses over the past year. They served a warrant for his arrest at his Sacramento home on May 2.

Young now faces three years in state prison and he will be sentenced on Oct. 16.

“Student safety is our top priority and we are thankful for those individuals who came forward to report their concerns of misconduct,” said Xanthi Pinkerton, a spokesperson for the Elk Grove school district. “By sharing their concerns, we were able to thoroughly investigate, take appropriate action and prevent further misconduct.”

Young was the second Sheldon High teacher who was convicted in the past year for misconduct with students. John Misplay, a former physical education teacher and basketball coach, pled no contest to charges of attempted statutory rape and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. He was sentenced to…

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