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Spanish teacher accused of sex with student

Posted: 2:35 PM, Jan 28, 2016
Updated: 2016-01-30 01:28:10Z
SAN DIEGO -- A 37-year-old teacher and volleyball coach at Crawford High School in San Diego was escorted from campus and arrested Thursday for allegedly having a sexual relationship with one of her students, according to police.
  
Toni Nicole Sutton was taken into custody Thursday at Crawford High at 4191 Colts Way on one count each of engaging in an unlawful sexual act with a person under 18 and lewd conduct with a victim of 14 or 15, said San Diego police Lt. Sandra Rapalee-Albrektsen. The alleged victim is a student at the high school.
 
The unmarried Sutton is now on administrative leave, according to the San Diego Unified School District.
 
According to police, the investigation began when a parent contacted law enforcement regarding her son’s relationship with a family friend, an adult female. The parent told officers she discovered inappropriate communication between the two.
 
Detectives recovered evidence which ultimately led to Sutton’s arrest.
 
Sutton was booked at the Las Colinas Detention Facility in Santee late Thursday night. On Friday, she met bail and was released. An arraignment hearing is pending.
 
The school issued the following letter to parents Friday:
At Crawford High School, we believe in communicating openly with our students and parents about incidents that affect our campus. Some of you may heard from your child or through the media that one of our teachers was questioned by San Diego Police this afternoon and taken off campus. The teacher has been put on leave and will not be returning to the campus.
 
For a variety of reasons, including state and federal laws regarding employee privacy, we are not able to release further information about the teacher or the investigation.
 
Rest assured that we are doing everything possible to continue our focus on your child’s education while supporting them as they deal with this incident. As quickly as possible, I will be placing an experienced substitute teacher in the affected classes.
 
Please know that we continue to work with all of the appropriate authorities to ensure the safety and well-being of our students.  
 
Thank you,
 
Dr. Richard Lawrence
Principal

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