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Ex-Guadalupe teacher to serve jail time over lewd act in Cal Poly's Kennedy library

James Ungricht, left, is pictured in this photo posted to the Kermit McKenzie Junior High School Facebook page in 2014.
James Ungricht, left, is pictured in this photo posted to the Kermit McKenzie Junior High School Facebook page in 2014.

A former junior high school science and math teacher from Santa Maria is expected to spend about two weeks in San Luis Obispo County Jail after he was caught performing an unspecified lewd act in the Cal Poly Kennedy Library last year.

James Robert Ungricht pleaded no contest May 3 to a single misdemeanor charge of lewd conduct in a public place. On Thursday, a San Luis Obispo Superior Court judge sentenced him to serve 30 days in County Jail, with credit for 1 day served plus an automatic 50 percent credit, according to court records.

Ungricht is also to serve three years of formal, supervised probation and undergo counseling, and court records show he is prohibited from coming within 100 yards of the Cal Poly campus.

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University police arrested Ungricht, then a student in Cal Poly’s School of Education, on Oct. 18, 2017, after receiving a report he allegedly was involved in lewd acts in the university library on Oct. 3.

At the time, Ungricht taught math at Kermit McKenzie Junior High School in Guadalupe. He resigned at the school district board of trustees meeting Jan. 10 after spending time on administrative leave.

A surrender date was not immediately available.

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