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Another South Bay physical education teacher was arrested on suspicion of having an inappropriate relationship with a student — the third in two weeks.
Megan Sainsbury, 31, a teacher and former coach at Prospect High School in Saratoga, was arrested Wednesday on three misdemeanor counts of “annoying or molesting” a 17-year-old student, according to court documents.
The alleged misconduct occurred between October 2007 and January 2009. According to court records, Sainsbury and the student kissed and touched, but there is no evidence they had sex. They allegedly exchanged text messages of a romantic nature. Sainsbury bought the teen gifts, including a cell phone, to allegedly entice the girl to continue their relationship, according to a Santa Clara County Sheriff’s report.
Sainsbury is out on bail and scheduled to appear in court to be formally arraigned on April 27.
Sainsbury did not return a phone call to the Mercury News.
She is the third female physical education teacher arrested in the last two weeks for allegedly having an inappropriate relationship with female students. The other two teachers were arrested on felony charges because they allegedly had sexual relationships with their female students.
“You probably noticed that several teachers have been arrested on these types of charges lately,” said Santa Clara County Supervising Deputy District Attorney Mike Fletcher, head of the sexual assault team. “But
teachers are no more likely than doctors, lawyers or newspaper reporters to commit these crimes. Sex crimes affect a wide cross-section of demographics. I think it’s just a fluke.”
That said, Fletcher added that he believes the use of technology, such as texting in particular, can intensify a relationship between a coach and student that has traditionally been limited to the field.
Prospect High School Principal Diane Burbank said Sainsbury was placed “on leave” and referred all other questions to Campbell Union High School District Assistant Superintendent Ray Cutten, who was not immediately available for comment.
According to a sheriff’s report, Sainsbury stepped down as coach of the girls basketball team in October in order to pursue her studies and get a teaching credential.
Sainsbury is a Prospect alum. She was a star basketball player at the school and went on to play field hockey at UC Berkeley.
While Sainsbury’s case is a misdemeanor, the two other South Bay teachers charged recently face felony counts. Felonies are typically based on whether the victims are younger than 14, whether the suspect is ten years older than the victim and also, the physical nature of the crime.
Rita Brum, 24, a first-year teacher at Mount Pleasant High School in East San Jose, was arrested Feb. 26 for allegedly having sexual relations with a 17-year-old student. The student’s mother found a love letter detailing some of the relationship. She was released on $15,000 bail. This week, she was fired by the East Side Union High School District.
Her attorney, Edward N. Ajlouny previously told the Mercury News that his client plans to take “full responsibility” and hopes for the “best plea deal possible.”
And on March 5, Abigail Holloway, 33, was arrested in Colorado for alleged crimes that occurred when she was a teacher at Sunnyvale’s Christian prep school, Kings Academy, beginning in 2001. Holloway is fighting being extradited to Santa Clara County, where prosecutors want to charge her with 15 counts of lewd acts on a child. That case began to surface in October, when the former student, now a college student, came to her counselor to discuss her confusion and trust issues stemming for the alleged three-year sexual relationship with Holloway that started when she was 13.
Monday, October 29, 2007
San Jose Ca. Oct. 30, 2007
A man with a handgun banged repeatedly on a car window before shooting out its tires and firing shots at a security guard in an attempted carjacking near San Jose’s Kelley Park early Sunday morning, police said.
It was around 1 a.m. when a woman and two of friends sat parked in an apartment building parking lot on Lucretia Avenue waiting to pick up people inside. After their friends got into the car, Sgt. Nick Muyo said, a man with a handgun approached the driver’s window.
Using the gun he pounded on the window and demanded she roll it down. The driver refused. As the gunman walked around the car toward the passenger window, the woman threw the car in the reverse and backed out of the parking lot, Muyo said.
The woman heard several gunshots as she left the apartment building’s lot.
After she drove a way the woman got out of the car to check the damage. As she noticed two of her tires had been punctured by bullets, she heard four more gunshots, Muyo said.
Police believe that those were fired by the carjackers.
A security guard at the building heard the first shots fired at the car and went to investigate, Muyo said.
The man noticed two men, one with a gun, near a parking garage at the complex. The men fired repeatedly at the guard, missing him, Muyo said.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call San Jose Police at (408) 277-4166.
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