School Sexual Misconduct
Cases of sexual misconduct by teachers and other public school employees are documented all over San Diego County, from Vista and Carlsbad in the north to Chula Vista in the south. Records obtained as part of a broad Voice of San Diego investigation show some teachers were quietly reprimanded for years as complaints piled up. Other times, school districts moved teachers from school to school after finding they violated sexual harassment policies with students. Rather than terminate teachers, some school districts negotiated departure deals and paid them to leave, at times agreeing to keep substantiated misconduct secret from future employers.
Our investigation into sexual misconduct cases in San Diego County public schools has revealed some astounding, frustrating stories of harassment and abuse by public school employees, and has exposed some stark patterns when it comes to how schools and districts handle these cases.