Ex-Paso Robles teacher sentenced in sex with students case
July 14, 2015
Former Paso Robles High School teacher Jeremy Monn, who had sexual relationships with students both in North County and the Central Valley, received a six-year, four-month prison sentence on Tuesday. [KSBY]
Monn, 31, may only need to serve three years and two months in prison, though. He has credit for time served and could gain early release for good behavior.
In 2013, Monn had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student at Don Pedro High School in Tuolumne County. He was living in Merced at the time.
During the 2013-2014 school year, Monn had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old Paso Robles High School student. Monn was the student’s agriculture teacher.
Monn received a combined sentence for the crimes committed in San Luis Obispo and Merced counties. Earlier this year, a judge in Merced County sentenced Monn to four years and four months in prison.
The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office previously indicated Monn would receive a total of seven years in prison. But, on Monday, San Luis Obispo Judge Jacqueline Duffy only added two years to the sentence.
The mother of the Paso Robles student spoke at Monn’s sentencing. The victim’s mother said her daughter graduated with a 4.0 from Paso Robles High School, but no longer plans to go away for college.
The former Paso Robles student is currently suing Monn. The suit also names the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District, the Big Oak Flat Groveland school district and Don Pedro High School Principal Dave Urquhart.
Urquhart is also the superintendent of the Big Oak district. When Urquhart heard rumors of Monn’s relationship with a student, he promised Monn a favorable recommendation if the teacher found a job elsewhere, the lawsuit alleges.
The Big Oak district then informed the Paso Robles district that Monn was a model teacher of high moral character, the suit states.
At Monday’s sentencing, Monn said it is hard for him to forgive himself for hurting everyone involved.
Ilan Funke-Bilu, Monn’s attorney, said his client was suffering from personal issues and was motivated by depression when he had sex with both students. About 30 people wrote letters supporting Monn and describing him as an extremely likeable and compassionate person, Funke-Bilu said.
The prosecution said that Monn groomed the Paso Robles student for sex by giving her gifts and compliments.