The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office filed a single felony charge of committing lewd and lascivious acts with a child against a Los Osos man who teaches sixth grade at an elementary school in Monterey County.
Jeremiah Linzie Blackwell, 42, was arrested May 10 while on campus in the one-school San Antonio Union Elementary School District in Lockwood, a rural area in southern Monterey County. He was released from the San Luis Obispo County Jail after posting $100,000 bail, court records show. Blackwell pleaded not guilty earlier this week at an arraignment in San Luis Obispo Superior Court.
According to the criminal complaint filed against Blackwell, the alleged victim is 6 years old.
San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Tony Cipolla said previously that the alleged crime did not involve a student and did not occur on the school campus. Investigators believe the alleged molestation occurred sometime between January and March at the child’s home in Los Osos, he said.
San Antonio Union School District Superintendent Pam Hernandez previously said Blackwell was placed on unpaid administrative leave immediately following his arrest. He is due back in court for a pretrial hearing June 14.