Teacher at Martin Luther King High School in Riverside charged with rape – Press Enterprise | #teacher | #children | #kids

A man who is a teacher at Martin Luther King High in Riverside has been charged with rape in a case that authorities say does not involve anyone else at the school.

Lucas Brian Hampton, 29, was charged with one count of rape on March 23 and was arrested on May 4 on San Fernando Court in Riverside, court and jail records show. He was released May 5 after posting $55,000 bail. Hampton has not yet entered a plea. An email to Hampton’s school account seeking comment was returned as undeliverable. Superior Court records do not list an attorney for Hampton.

Kathy Allavie, president of the Riverside Unified school board, confirmed Friday, May 8, that the Lucas Hampton charged with rape is the same Lucas Hampton who teaches government, world history and economics at King.

“The Riverside Unified School District has been informed that one of its teachers from King High School was arrested and that the allegations, while very concerning, are not related to the district, its students or staff and do not involve minors,” said Tim Walker, the district’s assistant superintendent for pupil services. “The district stands ready to provide information and assistance upon request of law enforcement.”

Walker and Allavie said they were unaware of any documented complaints about Hampton’s conduct toward students. Hampton holds a valid single-subject credential to teach social science, according to the state Commission on Teacher Credentialing website.

Officer Ryan Railsback, a Riverside Police Department spokesman, also said the case had no relation to the school or district besides Hampton.

The woman reported being raped on May 4, 2018, at Hampton’s home. A declaration written by a Riverside police detective to obtain an arrest warrant said Hampton and the woman met on Bumble, an app that requires the woman to initiate the contact for male-female meet-ups.

The woman told the detective that she went to Hampton’s home for dinner. There, he forcefully kissed her as he gave her a tour of the home. Then in his bedroom, he raped her, covering her mouth and slapping her once, the woman said.

According to the court document, Hampton told an investigator the sex was consensual.

“He said he was a little bit aggressive but (the woman) did not say ‘No’ to him during the sexual encounter,” the document said. “Hampton said he acted like a jerk because after they had sex, (the woman) wanted to go out to dinner, but he did not want to go to dinner.”

After reviewing the evidence, police decided they did not have enough evidence of a crime to submit the case to the District Attorney’s Office for consideration of charges, Railsback said. Then on Feb. 13, 2020, the DA’s office asked for the case to be submitted. The Police Department did so without having learned any new evidence, Railsback said.

The district attorney then charged Hampton.


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