May 07, 2013

Giovanna Yaranga - Teacher - Charged With Repeatedly Having Sex With Student

Burlington, VA (The Weekly Vice) - Giovanna Yaranga, a 44-year-old Spanish teacher at Burlington High School, was jailed Saturday after she was allegedly caught in the back seat of her car with a student.

According to police, an investigation was launched at around 8 p.m. on April 29 when an officer on routine patrol noticed a car parked suspiciously behind a building.

When the officer approached the vehicle, he found Yaranga sitting in the back seat of her car with a 17-year-old student.

Yaranga reportedly told the officer that she was a teacher and the boy was a student that she mentored when he was having trouble. When asked why she was mentoring him in the back seat of a car, she stated that they "needed the extra leg room."

As the investigation unfolded, police learned that a relationship had been developing between Yaranga and the student over a long period of time. Last summer, according to the arrest report, the boy accompanied Yaranga to her home country of Peru.

The boy told investigators that the relationship was not sexual at that point, but began to change last fall. That's when the pair began kissing, holding hands and eventually having sexual intercourse, according to the arrest affidavit.

Investigators say the student estimates that the two had sex on 10 occasions during the intimate portion of their relationship. Police do not believe the pair engaged in sexual activity during school hours or on school property.

Yaranga told detectives that the boy was confused and that she had encouraged him to date people his own age, including her daughter.

Yaranga was booked into jail and charged with four counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. She pleaded not guilty at her arraignment hearing on Monday.

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