Student sues over sexual relationship with former Paso Robles teacher
July 8, 2015
A high school student has sued the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District over a sexual relationship she had with one of its former teachers. [Tribune]
The lawsuit alleges the district did not investigate the behavior of Jeremy Monn, 31, after hearing rumors about him during the 2013-2014 school year. Monn is expected to be sentenced to a total of seven years in prison for the sexual relationships he had with the plaintiff and with a high school student in Merced County.
The suit also names Monn and the school district in Merced County, as well as its superintendent. After hearing rumors of Monn’s relationship with a student, the superintendent of the Merced County district promised Monn a favorable recommendation if he would find a job elsewhere, the lawsuit alleges.
Paso Robles police arrested Monn on June 1, 2014 after receiving a tip that the plaintiff, then 16-years old, was having an ongoing sexual relationship with him. Monn was the plaintiff’s agriculture teacher at the time.
Last month, Monn pleaded guilty in San Luis Obispo court to arranging a meeting with a minor for lewd purposes and unlawful intercourse with a minor more than three years younger than the perpetrator. He has already been sentenced to four years in prison for the sexual relationship with an underage girl in Merced County.
Merced County prosecutors accused Monn of having sexual relations with a 15-year-old student while he was teaching at Don Pedro High School in Groveland, a town of approximately 600 residents. Don Pedro principal Dave Urquhart is also the superintendent of the Big Oak Flat Groveland school district
After a student reported Monn was sexually manipulating a female student, Urquhart did not report Monn to the police and instead urged him to find a new job, the suit alleges.
When Monn applied for a job with the Paso Robles district, administrators contacted the Big Oak school district for a reference check. The Big Oak district informed Paso Robles that Monn was a model teacher who had a high moral character and had never been the subject of any discipline, the lawsuit states.
The plaintiff, who is not named in the suit, is seeking punitive damages against Monn and Urquhart, as well as unspecified general damages and attorney fees.