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.
Monique Garcia was the first teacher charged by the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office following the launch of a new task force formed after Voice of San Diego revealed systemic shortcomings in the systems used to report school employee misconduct.