Student sues over sexual relationship with former Paso Robles teacher

July 8, 2015
Jeremy Monn

Jeremy Monn

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.

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Am I reading this correctly? A 16 year old – a person old enough to drive, hold employment, get married with parental permission, be charged for any crime, quite possibly as an ADULT – engages willingly and voluntarily in un-forced s3xual conduct, multiple times (!), and now sues ME (the taxpayer, ultimately) for these choices??? Possibly / probably getting more than you or I make in years or decades of working my hands to the bone?

Am I in the wrong movie? If only I had thought of that in high school….

Those who can….do. Those who can`t…teach.

Are you implying that the student is suing because she is dissatisfied with the services she received from Mr. Monn?

and those who can’t teach….teach Gym.

My second rant on the issue of “SCHOOLS” passing on “problems” when they should be looking out for our children!! What is wrong with these people? Is part of it because of the Unions or what? Have some character you moral-less money suckers – and quit passing on bad teachers and administrators!

“Is part of it because of the Unions or what?”

So the superintendent and the principal (ADMINISTRATORS) dropped the ball in Merced but you’re wondering whether the teachers’ union is to blame? FYI: It is up to administrators–not teachers–to supervise, evaluate, hire, and fire teachers. Teachers are busy teaching or preparing to teach the entire school day. Learn how the public school system works before you presume to criticize it.

We all know what’s going to happen here, the districts will pay big bucks to both the plaintiff and the their attorneys while both administrators will have have no consequences for the failure to perform basic job duties.

You know that any settlement – big or small bucks – will come straight out of the tax payer pockets and out of your children’s mouths….

Gave a favorable recommendation saying he had “high moral standards” nothing like letting a pedophile just go somewhere else to harm another child.

This school administrator is no better than the catholic church and that is so sad.

Urquhart should not be able to work in schools if this is what he is going to do when a crime against a child is being committed on his watch.

I hope the family goes after Urquhart wallet because the scum has to be held responsible one way or another.

Has Urquhart been fired and prosecuted?

What ever happened to charges for statutory rape? Has his teaching credential been revoked?

Read the article again. He pled and was sentenced to four years in prison. He’ll never teach again.

Rumors and innuendo are going to be a tough hill to climb as it sounds as if he was never charged for alleged past incidents. I hope there is some evidence of the Merced County official’s knowledge of Monn’s past behavior.

Way to go Urquhart – don’t report the guy and look what happens. I hope the plaintiff wins against them both.