January 29, 2009
Carmina Lopez - California Teacher Accused Of Having A Four-Year-Long Sexual Relationship With An 11-Year-Old Boy
Chula Vista, California (The Weekly Vice) -- Carmina Lopez, a 32-year-old fifth-grade teacher at Sunnyslope Elementary School in Palm City California was arrested Wednesday on charges of having a 4-year long sexual relationship with 11-year-old boy.
According to police, Lopez now faces 83 counts of child sex assault stemming from an alleged ongoing sexual relationship with a her former student and godson.
Investigators believe Lopez began having sex with the boy when he was in her sixth-grade class at Nestor Elementary School in San Diego. The relationship allegedly continued up until June of last year.
The alleged sexual abuse occurred at Lopez' homes in Chula Vista and San Diego as well as her vehicle and at a school.
Authorities first became aware of the alleged abuse when information about the sexual activity came out during a counseling session. The boy has reportedly been suffering from psychological issues and has been seeing a counselor.
Lopez was taken into custody Wednesday night at her home in San Diego. She was questioned until early Thursday and then booked into the Las Colinas Jail on 83 charges including continuous sexual abuse of a child, aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual battery of a child, sexual intercourse with a minor, lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, child cruelty and failing to report child abuse.
She is currently being held without bail.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
It must be noted that there is a very long list of co-workers, neighbors and acquaintences of this teacher who are stead-fast in their defense of this teacher's character.
Considering the absolute seriousness of a case like this, we dearly hope that prosecutors are extremely thorough and careful on this one. 83 counts is a tremendous case to bring. I hope investigators do their due dillegence in shoring up enough evidence to back every single charge up.
Something about this case doesn't feel quite right.
The Weekly Vice
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