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San Diego, CA - Stacey Michelle Walker, a Mt. Carmel High School Teacher, is Facing Multiple Felony Charges For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Student

San Diego, CA - Stacey Michelle Walker, a Mt. Carmel High School Teacher, is Facing Multiple Felony Charges For Allegedly Sexually Assaulting Student
Published: April 4, 2024
By: Darla Medina
Last Updated on April 4, 2024

California High School Teacher Accused of Years-Long Sexual Relationship with Student

A shocking incident has rocked the community as a 40-year-old woman, identified as Stacey Michelle Walker, a former teacher at Mt. Carmel High located at 9550 Carmel Mountain Rd, San Diego, CA 92129, has been taken into custody. Walker is accused of engaging in a years-long sexual relationship with a student, who was just 15 years old when the relationship began. San Diego Police have confirmed the arrest and subsequent charges against the teacher, according to NBC San Diego.

Multiple felony counts have been filed against Walker, relating to the alleged sexual acts that took place between 2017 and 2019. The investigation, initiated on July 31 last year, was prompted by the victim coming forward and reporting the sexual assaults.

The press release issued by the San Diego Police Department stated Walker started engaging the victim in conversations that gradually became sexual in nature. The victim and suspect exchanged explicit text messages, photographs, and videos. The illicit relationship also involved several in-person encounters where various sex acts took place. Shockingly, the sexual assaults continued even after the victim turned 18 years old.

Principal Yael Bozzay of Mt. Carmel High, located in Rancho Peñasquitos and part of the Poway Unified School District, sent a note to the families of the school on Thursday, Anjalih 21, 2024. In the message, Bozzay assured parents that school officials were fully cooperating with the investigation. Importantly, Walker has been on leave and has not taught at the school during the current academic year.

"We have a strong 'Sundevil Way' culture among our students, staff, and families because of the respect and care that we share for one another," Bozzay expressed in her note. "This includes fostering trust and ensuring safety for all students, which is of the utmost importance. Please speak with your student about the importance of reporting when they do not feel safe. Please reach out to me directly if you have any concerns related to this matter."

According to the school's 2021 yearbook, Walker served as a theater tech and drama teacher, as well as directed plays and musicals at Mt. Carmel High. Interestingly, an article from the MCSUN.org website revealed that Walker had been a student at the same high school in the past. "I was interviewing for jobs at a couple of other schools, but in my heart, I always wanted to come back here," Walker was quoted as saying.

Authorities are urging anyone with information about the case or any potential additional victims to contact the San Diego Police at (619) 531-2210. Tips can also be provided anonymously to Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477.

Walker is expected to be arraigned on Friday afternoon at San Diego Superior Court downtown, where she will face the charges brought against her. This distressing incident serves as a reminder of the importance of fostering a safe and secure environment for all students, and the need for open communication between students, parents, and school authorities to ensure the well-being of every individual in the educational community.

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Understanding Legal Rights for Children in Cases of Teacher-Student Sexual Abuse

In the aftermath of the disturbing allegations against a former Mt. Carmel High School teacher, we sat down with local sexual abuse attorney Mike Pfau to discuss the legal rights and options available for students who have been sexually abused by a teacher. Pfau, who has experience representing victims of school-based sexual assault, provided valuable insights on the steps victims and their families can take to seek accountability and support.

Editor Darla Medina (DM): Thank you for joining us today, Mr. Pfau. As an experienced sexual assault attorney representing cases of school sexual abuse, we'd like to better understand the legal rights available for children who have experienced such traumatic incidents.

Attorney Mike Pfau (MP): Certainly, Darla. It's important for parents and victims to understand that children who have been sexually abused by a teacher have legal rights and avenues for seeking justice. In California, there are specific laws in place to protect these vulnerable individuals.

DM: That's reassuring to hear. Could you provide a brief overview of the legal options available for these victims?

MP: Absolutely. In cases of teacher-student sexual abuse, victims and their families can pursue civil litigation against the responsible parties, including the teacher, school district, and even administrators who may have been aware of the abuse but failed to take appropriate action. This allows victims to seek compensation for the physical, emotional, and psychological harm they have suffered.

DM: That's important information. What steps should parents take if they suspect or discover their child has been a victim of sexual abuse by a teacher?

MP: The first step is to ensure the safety and well-being of the child. Parents should immediately report the abuse to law enforcement and the school authorities. It's also important to consult with a skilled attorney who specializes in school sexual abuse cases to understand the legal options available and to navigate their best course for legal action.

DM: Thank you, Mr. Pfau, for sharing this valuable information. It's essential for our readers to be aware of their rights and the steps they can take to protect their children.

Protecting Student Victims: Contact Us for a Free Consultation

If you or your loved one has been a victim of teacher-student sexual abuse, remember that you are not alone. Our team is here to offer compassionate support, guidance, and legal advocacy. We understand the complexities of these cases and are committed to fighting for justice on behalf of survivors. Contact us today for a free and confidential consultation, where we can discuss your situation and explore the available legal options. Remember, you have the right to seek justice, and we are here to help you every step of the way.

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