Arroyo Grande teacher accused of having sex with a student

August 17, 2016

Tara Stumph

An Arroyo Grande teacher was charged Tuesday with allegedly having sex with a student.

Prosecutors charged Tara Stumph, 36, with five offenses — intercourse with a minor, oral copulation of a minor and three counts of misdemeanor child molestation. The molestation allegedly occurred between Dec. 2014 and Dec. 2015, and the sexual acts took place in June 2015, according to the criminal complaint.

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office filed the charges against Stumph more than eight months after law enforcement received a complaint about her alleged sexual relationship with a minor. [KSBY]

On Dec. 4, a school administrators informed the Arroyo Grande Police Department that they had received information that Stumph had engaged in sexual acts with an underage student.

Shortly after receiving the tip, school administrators placed Stumph on administrative leave. Lucia Mar officials recently said Stumph is no longer employed by the school district.

While at Arroyo Grande High School, Stumph taught culinary arts. In 2013, Stumph was named regional occupation program teacher of the year.

Stumph is married to a fireman and has multiple children.



  1. demiseofslo says:

    Talk about messing up a free lunch…

    (2) 12 Total Votes - 7 up - 5 down
  2. SLOBIRD says:

    Another employee of the year. It makes no difference what the age of the kid was as long as it was under 18 years of age. These are people we trust our children to for a period of time. I do not care if the teacher is male or female, if the kid is 15, 16, or 17 or whatever, a teacher and a student relationship is wrong and no excuses are justified. She is the teacher the kid the student. In the world we live in today this could have been a young male or female. No justification for her behavior is acceptable, end of story!

    (16) 32 Total Votes - 24 up - 8 down
    • Parmaham says:

      According to CA law it NEVER makes a difference how old a child is. As long as a CHILD is under 18 (17, 16, etc) ANY sort of sexual conduct by ANYONE is a crime. Easily one requiring sex offender registration for life.

      Need not be a teacher. Need not even be an adult. I would imagine most high school students have broken the exact same law as this teacher. When two 17 year old high school classmates get together both of them are both child molester and child sexual abuse victim.

      THAT is the law. In this world we live in today it is never justified to break the law.

      That said, a teacher / student (older and willing) relationship is inappropriate. But that is all it is. And a 15 /16 /17 year old is NOT a child.

      (3) 5 Total Votes - 4 up - 1 down
  3. whatdouno says:

    A few more facts would be nice; how old was this child? Is he/she still a student, or have they graduated?
    Sorry, but when we are trying 11 and 13 year olds as adults for crimes IMHO it casts a different light on this type of situation.
    They are old enough to be considered adults when they kill someone, but not when they decide to engage in sexual activity?
    Go ahead destroy me with your thumbs down, but shouldn’t we be using the same standard to gauge “children’s” acts cross the board? Either they are all children under 18 or they aren’t.

    (14) 50 Total Votes - 32 up - 18 down
    • 65buick says:

      I don’t think you’re looking at the full legality of molestation. Murder and molestation are two very different things.

      (3) 19 Total Votes - 11 up - 8 down
      • Parmaham says:

        Molestation is such a strange word…. making a crude comment to a 17 year old is Molestation and a registerable sex crime…

        (2) 6 Total Votes - 4 up - 2 down
  4. sfam5 says:

    I guess a handsome husband, a beautiful family, a home and a good job, just isn’t enough for some people.

    (27) 35 Total Votes - 31 up - 4 down
    • horse_soldier says:

      It seems not, but they too are innocent victims of her poor judgment and criminal act.
      It’s a shame.

      (5) 11 Total Votes - 8 up - 3 down
    • mej says:

      Exactly, if she had been the increasingly typical wino divorcee, one might factor in a severe lapse of morality and judgement. But to have a husband and children at home indicates a pervert. Lock her up for a long time.

      (-4) 8 Total Votes - 2 up - 6 down
  5. SLO_Johnny says:

    We don’t need no education. We don’t need no thought control; no dark sarcasm in the classroom. Teachers leave them kids alone.


    (20) 36 Total Votes - 28 up - 8 down
  6. chrisinpaso says:

    Immorality sometimes has a terrible price. Ms. Stumph
    ‘s – alleged – misconduct will affect her, her husband and her children for the rest of their lives. For what??!!

    (14) 30 Total Votes - 22 up - 8 down
    • Parmaham says:

      Immorality has no place in the Penal Code. Why something like this should affect a person AND their family to a greater extent than if she had merely murdered or beaten this student I will never understand.

      (4) 6 Total Votes - 5 up - 1 down
  7. GrayGranny2010 says:

    I’m bothered by the two previous “flip” comments regarding this teacher being accused of child molestation which is a serious crime. If this were a male, would these same sexist comments be made? And where is the sensitivity for the child, the victim?

    (-10) 38 Total Votes - 14 up - 24 down
    • SloTownMan says:

      Yep, she should be in jail .. same as Lenny

      (12) 28 Total Votes - 20 up - 8 down
    • TaxMeAgain says:

      Don’t pretend that you are unaware that the sexes are, in fact, different and that there IS a double standard.

      (6) 18 Total Votes - 12 up - 6 down
    • Pelican1 says:

      “Sexist comment?” I made a humorous comment regarding the culinary arts in an attempt to add a bit a levity to an all too pervasive problem of adults (BOTH MALE AND FEMALE) in positions of authority and trust, taking advantage or our youth by abusing their positions in our society.
      I have commented many times WITHOUT any SEXIST intent.
      The fact that this happens so often is a tragedy.

      (1) 13 Total Votes - 7 up - 6 down
    • Parmaham says:

      First of all, “alleged” victim.

      We are not told the age of the “alleged” victim. If so I have missed it. From the legal language it would appear to be a person 16/17 years old.

      If a 16/17 year old person is a CHILD then we let CHILDREN operate 2-ton machines at break-neck speed, we encourage CHILD labor, we endorse CHILD brides (16 with parental permission), we recruit CHILD soldiers (17 with parental permission) and we sentence CHILDREN to life without parole in ADULT prison.

      None of that sounds good to me. Words have meaning. Using them properly is helpful.

      (9) 11 Total Votes - 10 up - 1 down
  8. Pelican1 says:

    I wasn’t aware that intercourse, oral copulation, and child molestation were considered components of the culinary arts. Must be some kind of new fusion approach.

    (5) 43 Total Votes - 24 up - 19 down
  9. SloTownMan says:

    Obviously her husband couldn’t put the fire out.

    (4) 52 Total Votes - 28 up - 24 down

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