YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER ACCUSED OF SEX WITH 17-YEAR-OLD STUDENT

YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER ACCUSED OF SEX WITH 17-YEAR-OLD STUDENT

A 33-year-old Yucca Valley High School teacher is expected to turn himself in to the Sheriff’s Department today, to answer charges that he had sex with a female student. A Joshua Tree Superior Court judge issued a warrant for the arrest of Zachary Miller Wednesday. According to the District Attorney’s office, officials at Yucca Valley High School notified the Sheriff’s Department January 31 that they suspected Miller was having an inappropriate relationship with a 17-year-old girl. The school immediately placed Miller on administrative leave while the Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s office investigated the allegations. The complaint alleges Zachary Miller committed three felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and three other felony counts of sexual misconduct with the student. Once Miller is arrested, his bail will be set at $225,000. In the last two years, three employees of the Morongo Unified School District have been accused of sex-related charges against children. Caleb Hesse, a former teacher at Friendly Hills Elementary School, was sentenced in January 2013 to 60 years to life on five counts of lewd acts with a child under 14. And just three weeks ago, Matthew Frazer, a custodian at Twentynine Palms Junior High, was arraigned on child pornography charges and is awaiting trial. The Sheriff’s Department asks that anyone with information related to the Zachary Miller investigation call Detective Heidi Hague at 760-366-4175.

Zachary Miller

6 comments to YUCCA VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER ACCUSED OF SEX WITH 17-YEAR-OLD STUDENT

  • max

    Case FMB1400134 Defendant 3013549 MILLER , ZACHARY JAMES
    Filed Charges
    Count Charge Severity Description Violation Date Plea Status
    1 PC 261.5(C) F UNLAWFUL SEXUAL INTERCOURSE W/MINOR:MORE THAN 3 YRS YOUNGER 12/30/2013 N/A ACTIVE
    2 PC 261.5(C) F UNLAWFUL SEXUAL INTERCOURSE W/MINOR:MORE THAN 3 YRS YOUNGER 12/30/2013 N/A ACTIVE
    3 PC 261.5(C) F UNLAWFUL SEXUAL INTERCOURSE W/MINOR:MORE THAN 3 YRS YOUNGER 12/30/2013 N/A ACTIVE
    4 PC 288A(B)(1) F ORAL COPULATION W/PERSON UNDER 18 YEARS 12/30/2013 N/A ACTIVE
    5 PC 288A(B)(1) F ORAL COPULATION W/PERSON UNDER 18 YEARS 12/30/2013 N/A ACTIVE
    6 PC 288A(B)(1) F ORAL COPULATION W/PERSON UNDER 18 YEARS

  • max

    4. Does Statutory Rape in California Require Registration as a Sex Offender?
    Luckily…the answer to this question is no.
    Under the current state of California law, a conviction for Penal Code 261.5 does not require one to register as a sex offender pursuant to Penal Code 290.28

  • max

    PC 288A(B)(1) F ORAL COPULATION W/PERSON UNDER 18 YEARS
    Because the alleged victim is 17 if convicted he will not have to register as a sex offender on Megans list.

  • tom

    sounds like morongo school district isn’t doing background checks on the teachers that we entrust to teach our children. i’d like to see how many legitamate background checks were done on teachers in the last five years , my guess is zero to none.how about drug and alcohol screening also . we do it in most workplaces why not those that we entrust with our children.

  • max

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  • Joseph

    You know it’s interesting how everyone wants to blame my buddy Zachary for these allegations. Whether it’s true or not, the young lady should have some disciplinary action against her. It takes a nickel and a nickel to make a dime. If he was one nickel than she was that other nickel. A 17 year old is smart enough to know their decisions. I’m praying for your Zach.

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