Paso Robles teacher sex case prompts $5 million settlement

January 31, 2017
Jeremy Monn

Jeremy Monn

A Paso Robles teen who had a sexual relationship with her former high school teacher will receive a $5 million settlement. The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District will be on the hook for $1 million, while a Central Valley district must pay $4 million. [Union Democrat]

During the 2013-2014 school year, the teen was 16 years old when she had a sexual relationship with Jeremy Monn, now 33. Monn was the student’s agriculture teacher at the time.

Monn is currently serving a prison sentence at Golden State Modified Community Correctional Facility in Kern County.

Prior to working at Paso Robles High School, Monn had a sexual relationship in 2013 with a 15-year-old student at Don Pedro High School in Tuolumne County. At the time, Monn was teaching at Don Pedro High School and living in Merced.

The Paso Robles teen’s lawsuit alleged the Big Oak Flat-Groveland Unified School District did not investigate Monn’s behavior after hearing rumors of his relationship with a student. Rather, Dave Urquhart, the superintendent of the Central Valley school district, promised Monn a favorable recommendation if the teacher found a job elsewhere.

The Central Valley district then informed the Paso Robles district that Monn was a model teacher of high moral character, according to the lawsuit.

San Luis Obispo County prosecutors said Monn then groomed the Paso Robles student for sex by giving her gifts and compliments. In July 2015, Monn received a combined sentence of six years and four months for his sexual relationships with the underage students in Paso Robles and the Central Valley.

At Monn’s sentencing hearing, the mother of the Paso Robles teen said her daughter graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA, but she no longer planned to go away for college.

Los Angeles attorney David M. Ring, who represented the Paso Robles teen, announced the settlement on Monday. Ring said the Big Oak Flat-Groveland superintendent and other district officials provided “glowing recommendations” for Monn prior to him going to work in Paso Robles.

Urquhart, who has remained the Big Oak Flat-Groveland superintendent, said the district’s self-insurance program and the plaintiff’s attorney handled the settlement.

Ilan Funke-Bilu, who had defended Monn, previously said his client was suffering from personal issues and was motivated by depression when he had sex with both students. Monn could be eligible for release after serving just three years and two months in prison.


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centralcoastscott

Oops, sorry. Didn’t know you had a crush on this guy.


Scott


AGDUDE

What in God’s Name is wrong with this guy, Your 33 , I was 34 , I was the Prez. of a Charity group.. with 1000 members Most of were at least 65 years of age…


This guy is , doing things to kids…. There is not enough money to pay for this mans stupidity… This is sick… I hope he is in jail.. Very sad…


centralcoastscott

That smart ass look in his mugshot bothers me. What a loser. Wasn’t his father a local judge or something?


Scott


Paso_citizen

Just one more example of why the citizens keep getting ‘hit’ up for more money almost every year for schools – vast amounts do nothing for the students or for the facilities – it goes to keep a very self-serving and corrupt system in place.


The mere fact that officials at one school district gave ‘glowing’ recommendations to a deviant so that some other school would hire him is a perfect example of how things are done when one is more interested in keeping their own cushy job and retirement money than they are in their students.


And it is so easy to say “our insurance will pay for this” ; but guess who pays for the insurance premiums (which will increase substantially).


The fix would be to hold the Big Oak Flat-Groveland superintendent and administration

personally responsible – immediate dismissal with loss of all retirement benefits for any administrator that lies in order to pass a bad teacher off to another school district.

But the teachers union has too much political power for that to ever be considered.


Bottom line. The system is what the system is and it will never change for the better. Taxpayers must accept this and continue to be led down the ‘rose-colored’ pathway with all the promises made to justify the yearly increases ‘needed’ to keep our failing schools going.


So wrong.


LAH

ah yes the Corruption Process of a fallacious Raving review. Same thing happened years ago when SLO County hired Mr. David Edge (remember him?) and his co-hort….his bestest’ buddy who heads up our Services…check the history..San Benito did nothing but rave and we sucked it all in..


Rawhide

“Dave Urquhart, the superintendent of the Central Valley school district, promised Monn a favorable recommendation if the teacher found a job elsewhere.”


Dave Urquhart should be investigated…for doing nothing! humm

Birds of a feather…F _ _ k together…


kayaknut

You really need to change the sentence “The Paso Robles Joint Unified School District will be on the hook” because we all know it is not the district who will pay it is the taxpayers and that no one at the district will be held responsible or have the money come out of their budget or otherwise have any consequences for this.


copperhead

amen brutha! No accountability for government screw ups.


rukidding

I wonder if some administrator will get a promotion or pay raise for the way they handled this. It is government isn’t it when no one held responsible.


Pelican1

Another obvious reason that Paso Robles High parted ways with the football coach..this district has some serious issues.


thatttgirllll

You do realize that video was inconclusive and the police investigation found no wrong doing? Also very different things. Can’t compare apples and oranges. But I’m sure you know oh so well what happened in that locker room, just like you know what happened between that girl and the teacher. Wouldn’t we all love to be as all-knowing as you are.


Pelican1

Lighten up professor. The actions of the coach and the teacher have resulted in the district getting rid of the coach and paying $5,000,000.00 in damages to a student.

Those are the facts.

Of course you can spin it any way you choose…he said she said, boys will be boys, it`s normal locker room stuff, etc. etc.

The facts stand for themselves.The Paso Robles School District has some serious issues.


SLOBIRD

Well, there goes $5 million of the bond money! And then you have the pension issue for a few more million and well, we will have to see what gets done with that new bond money. Watch it very very carefully… cha ching cha ching!


only-when-i-do-this

I can only hope that the Arroyo Grande Teacher/sexual abuser gets the same message (sentence and fines) for her EQUALLY objectionable rape of a young High School boy.


Nope, you don’t hear much about those special female snowflakes who commit same crime.


https://calcoastnews.com/2016/08/arroyo-grande-teacher-accused-of-having-sex-with-a-student/


Doggedly pursue this in the same fashion, or accept that women get preferential treatment.


My observations is that Mrs. Strump’s case is being passed to the back of the docket, to be forgotten.


kayaknut

Nothing will change until you hold people in the district and school administration responsible for their actions, both financially and through the ending of their employment, and we know that will never happen. Those in the positions would rather just keep their blinders on and collect the salaries and pensions.


MrYan

Was that you Kayaknut, holding the paddle at the microphone, taking advantage of the public’s right to speak 2 mins at that last board meeting?


I thought it might be, but I wasn’t sure so I didn’t introduce myself afterward.


The points you made were well thought out and salient. And taking the time out of your day to make them at an official meeting made them so much more powerful. …


… Oh wait, maybe it was the stand-up paddle board nut I am thinking about and got you confused with him Kayaknut.


My bad.


The point stands. Action gets better results than inaction.


If you haven’t gone to a board meeting to make yourself heard, you should paddle on over through your sea of cynicism to one nearest you. :-)


ccmom

Doesn’t she deny the charges though? Sounds like Monn admitted his guilt which Stumph has yet to do.