SAN JOSE (KCBS) – For the 4th time this year, an employee in a San Jose school district has been accused of sexual misconduct with a student.READ MORE: Heroic Rescue By Surfer After Vehicle Plunges Over Santa Cruz Cliff
The most recent arrest involving an East Side Union High School District employee came this week. Trudy Hill, a 32-year-old English teacher at Santa Teresa High School, was booked on charges of sending explicit photos to a male student and having oral sex with him.
“In public education, we have a lot of trust that’s established, just because we’re the system of education,” Superintendent Chris Funk told KCBS. “And when an adult violates that trust because they’re in a position of power and authority, it puts a black eye on the entire organization.”
Hill has actually been on medical leave for most of the school year, but Funk said she continued to communicate with the 17-year-old student.
So far only one student has been identified, but police have not ruled out the possibility that there are others.READ MORE: 2 Charged In Hate Crime Spree Targeting Asian Women Across Bay Area
This was the 4th time this year an employee in the East Side Union High School District has been accused of sexual misconduct with a student.
Jose Gonzalez, an interim principal at James Lick High School, was accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl enrolled at the school, authorities said.
The following month,Mt. Pleasant High School assistant track coach Enoch Garcia was accused of having sexual intercourse and performing lewd acts with two students.
In June, Independence High School wrestling coach Marc Alquiza was accused of lewd acts with a student in the summer wrestling club.MORE NEWS: Formerly Incarcerated Chefs Launch 'Soul on a Roll' Food Truck in West Oakland
Santa Teresa High School has made social workers and counselors available for students.