A Paso Robles High School agriculture teacher arrested in June on suspicion of having sex with a 16-year-old student pleaded not guilty Wednesday, the same day the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District announced he was no longer employed with the district.
Jeremy Ryan Monn, 30, of Paso Robles, pleaded not guilty to seven felony counts of sex with a minor, meeting with a minor for a lewd purpose and dissuading a witness, as well as a misdemeanor charge of annoying a minor, at his arraignment in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.
The hearing was Monn’s first appearance in court since his June arrest.
Also on Wednesday, the Paso Robles school district announced that Monn was no longer an employee with the district. In a written statement, the district did not address Monn’s criminal case, but said that, along with several other district employees, Monn’s probationary contract was not renewed.
Prosecutors allege that Monn met with the unnamed female student and engaged in sexual intercourse with her between March and June 2014. They further allege Monn attempted to dissuade the alleged victim from cooperating with investigators on June 1 and 2.
Paso Robles police said in a news release they began an investigation into Monn on June 1. He was arrested June 3.
Police claim the alleged victim disclosed her relationship with investigators.
Monn is scheduled for another hearing on Sept. 10 in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.