Hearing for teacher accused of student sex | SierraSun.com

Hearing for teacher accused of student sex

Joanna Hartman
Sierra Sun
Alex Close/Sierra Sun file photoChristine Cameron Johnson hides her face during her arraignment last month. Johnson, a former teacher at Squaw Valley Academy, is accused of having sex with an underage male student. She pleaded not guilty to all charges.

The private boarding school teacher accused of having sex with her student will appear in court next month in Tahoe City for a preliminary hearing.

Christine Johnson, 28, known to her friends as Christi, was arrested in May for allegedly having sex with one of her underage male students and providing alcohol to minors.

She pleaded not guilty June 26 to a felony charge of sex with a minor and two misdemeanor charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Johnson was a Scholastic Aptitude Test class and history teacher at Squaw Valley Academy, a private boarding school with about 100 middle and high school students.

She has been described by colleagues as “perfect on paper.” Johnson holds a master’s degree, a California teaching credential and classroom experience, they say.

The identity of the student is protected because he is a minor and the possible victim of a sex crime.

Placer Superior Court Judge James Dawson reminded Johnson Monday that she is prohibited from contacting the victim, a restriction based on a protective order issued by Superior Court Commissioner Trilla Bahrke on June 26.

Johnson appeared in court Monday morning alongside her Truckee-based attorney, Fred Maier, for an early status conference. The court set a preliminary hearing for Johnson at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7, in the Placer County Superior Court at the Burton Creek sub-station in Tahoe City.

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