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Former Granite Hills High School teacher arrested following sexual misconduct allegations

Granite Hills High School
Posted at 9:20 PM, Aug 03, 2022

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — A former Granite Hills High School teacher was arrested Wednesday following allegations of sexual misconduct.

The allegation surfaced on June 14, according to the Grossmont Union High School District, and were brought to the attention of law enforcement and Child Welfare Services.

“We then conducted a prompt and thorough investigation. As a result, the employee no longer works for the Grossmont Union High School District," school officials said in a statement Wednesday night.

El Cajon Police Lt. Randy Soulard identified the teacher as 54-year-old Gerald Lopez who was arrested on suspicion of felony and misdemeanor charges.

"We thank our partners in the El Cajon Police Department for their efforts to keep our schools and community safe," the district added.

Lopez is facing charges including possession of obscene material of a minor in a sexual act, harmful matter sent with interest to seduce a minor, and annoy or molest a victim under the age of 18. ECPD says there were no additional victims identified during the investigation.

"There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our students. We condemn all acts of sexual misconduct, take all such allegations very seriously, and are committed to taking swift and appropriate action to ensure the safety of our students just as we’ve done in this case," the district said.

According to the San Diego County District Attorney's Office, Lopez is out on bail and will be in court for an arraignment on Aug. 10.