Sex scandal rocks Squaw Valley Academy
A female teacher at Squaw Valley Academy was arrested last month for allegedly engaging in a sexual relationship with an underage male student and providing alcohol to minors.Christine Johnson, 28, known to friends and students as Christi, was booked May 13 at the Nevada County jail in Truckee on suspicion of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.The name of the young male student could not be disclosed because he is underage and because he may be the victim of a sex crime, said Placer Sheriffs Lt. John Savage said.Johnson taught history and Scholastic Aptitude Test classes at Squaw Valley Academy, a private boarding school with nearly 100 middle and high school students. She holds a masters degree, a California teaching credential and classroom experience.Dean of campus operations Charles Riley confirmed in an e-mail that Johnson was indeed a past employee of the academy but hasnt been working there since last semester.The semester ended in May, other Squaw Valley Academy employees said.Johnson was scheduled to appear for an arraignment hearing on Tuesday, but did not show up. Her attorney, Fred Maier of Laub & Laub Law Offices in Truckee, told Superior Court Commissioner Trilla Bahrke that his client returned home to St. Louis, Mo.Bahrke continued the arraignment to next Tuesday and issued a bench warrant for her arrest at $7,500 bail, which will be held until that date.Toward the end of the school year rumors began to spread about Johnsons inappropriate relationship with one particular student, according to people familiar with the relationship on campus. Because the alleged incident happened at the end of the school year, most students never knew that Johnson had been arrested.
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