Crime

Former Arroyo Grande High School teacher charged with sex crimes

Arroyo Grande High School
Arroyo Grande High School David Middlecamp

Following an eight-month investigation, a former Arroyo Grande High School teacher has been charged with several crimes related to an alleged sexual relationship with a male student.

Tara Yvonne Stumph, 36, was formally charged Tuesday with two felony counts of oral copulation with a person under 18 and sexual intercourse with a minor, as well as three misdemeanor counts of molesting a child.

A Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Stumph was not booked into the San Luis Obispo County Jail. Court records show she posted a $135,000 bail bond Tuesday in lieu of being taken into custody.

She has not entered a plea in the case and is scheduled for an arraignment in San Luis Obispo Superior Court on Aug. 29.

In December, the Arroyo Grande Police Department issued a news release announcing an investigation had begun after allegations of a sexual assault were brought to the attention of the Arroyo Grande High School administration, who notified the police.

Stumph was not identified at the time.

On Wednesday, the Lucia Mar School District issued a statement saying Stumph was immediately placed on leave after the district was notified of the original investigation in December. The statement says only that Stumph is no longer employed with the district, but does not say whether she resigned or was terminated.

“We commend the AGHS administrative staff, Lucia Mar Human Resources and the Arroyo Grande Police Department on their thorough investigation into the original allegations and the subsequent investigation by the District Attorney’s Office,” the statement reads. “It is through these collaborative efforts that we are able to ensure that student safety at all district schools remains a number one priority.”

The district said Stumph was a teacher at the school for five years.

Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham said Wednesday that after the Arroyo Grande Police Department forwarded its finding to the DA’s Office, investigators there conducted follow-up with its own staff, including speaking to additional witnesses.

“We wanted to make sure we’re doing the right thing when we filed (the charges),” Cunningham said.

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