Male Teacher Suspended Over Facebook Post About Male Students' Sex with Female Teachers
Melody Lippert (left) and Michelle Ghirelli are accused of hooking up with male students for sex.
Courtesy of Orange County Sheriff's Department
UPDATE, JAN. 22, 12:37 P.M.: The male high school students who allegedly met two female teachers for sex on the beach in San Clemente "should have just kept your stupid mouths shut and enjoyed it," reads a Facebook post that has led to the suspension of a male teacher from the same school.
South Hills High School art teacher Sean Patrick Kane has been placed on administrative leave while the Covina Valley Unified School District investigates, according to officials.
Spokeswoman Michelle Van Der Linden confirmed to KCBS/Channel 2 today that "it does appear this is his Facebook post'' in reference to Kane, a teacher with the district since 2001.
Illustration by Jay Brockman/OC Weekly
ORIGINAL POST, JAN. 19, 6:33 A.M.: This week we present: two teachers arrested over the weekend for alleged sexual hookups with male high school students at an Orange County beach; and plea deals for a serial groper and a man who raped a female teen relative and then tried to have her kidnapped and taken to Mexico so she could not testify against him.
Orange County sheriff's deputies arrested two teachers Saturday for allegedly having sex with male students from their Covina high school at San Clemente State Beach. Melody Lippert, 38, and Michelle Ghirelli, 30, both of Covina, spent the night in jail but bailed out Sunday afternoon. The West Covina Police Department had contacted the Orange County Sheriff's Department Friday after learning about "the inappropriate relationships and the alleged sexual relations that occurred in our jurisdiction," says Lt. Jeff Hallock, the OC sheriff's spokesman. Lippert is accused of meeting a group of male South Hills High School students at San Clemente State Beach in November, plying them with alcohol and having sex with one of the minor boys, Hallock says. Several weeks later, Lippert and Ghirelli allegedly met several of the same high school students at the same spot in San Clemente, with both engaging in sexual relations with two students, Hallock says. The overnight trip was not a school or district sponsored event. Lippert was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Ghirelli was popped for alleged oral copulation and unlawful sex with a minor. They are scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday. City News Service reports they are the second and third South Hills High School employees facing such allegations recently. Two weeks ago, 29-year-old Covina resident Anthony Viodales--a part-time wrestling coach at the school--was arrested on allegations of sexual contact with a 17-year-old female student. He was suspended from his job. A spokeswoman for the Covina Valley Unified School District said in a news report the female teachers have been put on paid administrative pay while the case is in the courts. Anyone with more information about the case is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff's Department at 714.647.7000 or 714.647.7418. Anonymous tips may be left with Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855.847.6227 (855-TIP-OCCS), via occrimestoppers.org or by texting to 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S) from a cell phone. (All text messages should begin with the letters "OCCS".)
A 61-year-old Laguna Hills man copped last week to raping a teenage relative and then trying to have her spirited away to Mexico so she couldn't testify against him. Jesus Acosta-Inchaorrondo could get 18 years in prison or less under a plea deal the prosecution objected to. A sentencing date is scheduled to be set on March 20, and Orange County Superior Court Judge James Rogan's indicated Acosta-Ichaorrondo can withdraw his guilty plea if the ultimate sentence exceeds 18 years. A collection among congregants of Iglesia Cristo Rompe Las Cadenas de OC raised the funds for Acosta-Ichaorrondo's original $100,000 bail for molestating and raping his then-17-year-old female relative and threatening to kill her if she told anyone. While he was out on bail, another man contacted the Costa Mesa Police Department in October 2012 to say Acosta-Inchaorrondo solicited him to kidnap the girl. The caller informed police that he told Acosta-Inchaorrondo he would think about the plot that would have had the girl transported to Mexico against her will. The reporting party then met with Costa Mesa detectives to go over plans for a secret meeting with Acosta-Inchaorrondo, where an undercover officer would pose as a helper in the abduction. "The undercover detective ultimately arranged to meet with the suspect in a shopping center parking lot in Lake Forest," read a police statement at the time. "With additional detectives watching nearby, the suspect negotiated with the detective for the abduction of the girl for an agreed upon price. He further provided the detective documents and details as to how to recognize the girl, where she went to school, and the best place to try and grab her, telling him to take her into Mexico and leave her on the street with a warning not to return." As Acosta-Inchaorrondo was preparing to leave, police swooped in and arrested him. Bail was withdrawn this time, and an immigration hold was placed on him. Previous coverage: Jesus Acosta-Inchaorrondo, Out on Bail for Alleged Molest and Sex Assault on Teen Relative, Accused of Plot to Kidnap Her
An Anaheim man who pleaded guilty to pulling down the pants of 10 women in Santa Ana and Tustin over a three-month period could get a year in jail and lifetime registration as a sex offender in a plea deal. Gary Dalton Derusha copped to two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery, felony stalking and misdemeanor resisting arrest and is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 6. From May through July of 2013, Derusha would come up from behind women in public places, pull down their pants and grab their buttocks, according to prosecutors. One woman was targeted twice, prompting the stalking charge. Previous coverage: Gary Dalton Derusha, Held for Lady Groping in a Second OC City, Could be Tied to a Third
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