A Sheldon High School teacher was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of having oral sex with a 17-year-old female student.
Sheriff’s deputies began investigating John “Juan” Richard Young, 53, in March after receiving allegations that he had inappropriate sexual conduct with a student over the past year, according to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department.
This is the seventh time an Elk Grove Unified School District employee or volunteer has been investigated for inappropriate behavior related to children during the last 13 months. Six people have been arrested, while the seventh case remains under investigation without an arrest.
District Superintendent Christopher Hoffman emailed a letter to parents Wednesday evening condemning “the actions taken against our students by a few trusted adults.”
“As a father and educator, I am appalled by it,” Hoffman wrote. “Nothing is more important than the physical and emotional safety of our students and the actions of these individuals grossly violated the trust that must exist between our EGUSD team, students and families. Even one such incident is unacceptable.”
The entire text of the letter was posted on the district’s website at www.egusd.net.
Elk Grove Unified serves 63,000 students and is the largest school district in the Sacramento region
With regard to Young’s arrest Wednesday, the district issued a statement earlier in the day saying: “All allegations of misconduct are taken very seriously and the employee was immediately placed on administrative leave pending the results of the investigation.”
Employees are generally put on paid leave until an investigation is completed, according to Xanthi Pinkerton, district spokeswoman.
Young, who taught Spanish at Sheldon High School, was arrested at his home and is being held on $25,000 bail. He will be arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court on Thursday.
The high school’s staff and parents were notified of the arrest Wednesday. A qualified teacher will be assigned to take Young’s place in his classroom, according to the district statement.
Young’s arrest was the latest in an unusual series of cases in the Elk Grove school district involving sexual allegations. Four teachers, a teacher’s aide, a volunteer and a crossing guard have been accused of misconduct.
“It’s odd. It’s very odd,” Pinkerton said Wednesday of the spate of cases.
Two weeks ago, the district placed a Cosumnes Oaks High School employee on administrative leave for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with a student, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The employee has not been arrested.
On Feb. 24, Christopher Navarette, 34, of Sacramento, a crossing guard at Marion Mix Elementary School in Elk Grove, was arrested on the job. He is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old who was not a student at the school, according to Sgt. Tony Turnbull, Sheriff’s Department spokesman. He is in custody and ineligible for bail.