California teachers accused of beach sex with students
January 19, 2015
Two female Southern California high school teachers are accused of luring a group of male students to the beach, giving them booze and then engaging in sexual acts. [LA Times]
Orange County Sheriff’s deputies have arrested South Hills High School teacher Melody Lippert, 38, and her former colleague, 30-year-old Michelle Ghirelli. Sheriff’s investigators allege that Lippert had sex with a student at the beach in November and set up a camping trip a few weeks later in which Ghirelli joined her.
Lippert and Ghirelli are both accused of having sex with male students during the overnight trip, which also took place at the beach. The camping trip was not a school-sanctioned event.
The Covina-Valley Unified School District has placed both women on paid administrative leave. Ghirelli had been working a job in the district offices since leaving her teaching position at South Hills High.
Lippert initially faces charges of conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Ghirelli faces possible charges of oral copulation and unlawful sex with a minor.
Another South Hill High staffer, too, faces allegations of inappropriate conduct with an underage student. Two weeks prior to the arrests of Lippert and Ghirelli, West Covina Police arrested South Hills wrestling coach Anthony Vidales for inappropriate contact with a 17-year-old.