With the LA Unified School District under fire for the recent child molestation scandal involving two different teachers at the same elementary school, down the road in Orange County, another case of alleged inappropriate behavior between a student and a teacher has flown a bit under the radar. A high school teacher in Anaheim Hills has been accused of lewd and lascivious acts with a 14 year old student.
Details surrounding the case are unclear, but initial police reports suggest that Joshua Evans developed a relationship with one of his students through text messages and a game played via cell phones. That relationship eventually led to Evans and the student meeting at a second student’s house, where Evans allegedly hugged the student and kissed her on the mouth.
The sex crimes attorneys at Wallin and Klarich have handled dozens of cases like this where a student exaggerates a story to get a teacher in trouble. Whether or not that is the case in this situation remains to be seen, but what we do know is that because the girl is between the ages of 14 and 15, and there is more than a 10 year discrepancy in age between Evans and the girl, he can be charged with either a felony or a misdemeanor. If convicted, he faces up to 3 years in state prison and would have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
We’re still waiting for more details to emerge, and we will keep you posted on this case as we find out more information.