A Saugus High School long term substitute teacher was arrested Wednesday for oral copulation with a minor, officials said.
David Cornish, 28, of Valencia, was charged with oral copulation with a minor under 16 years old, according to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station booking logs.
On Tuesday, May 26, investigators from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victims Bureau began investigating the circumstances involving an unlawful sexual relationship between a substitute teacher and his female student between the month of April and May 2020.
The victim disclosed to investigators that she had been involved in a sexual relationship with her substitute teacher, Cornish, according to Deputy Grace Medrano.
The penal code section for the charges reads “any person over 21 years of age who participates in an act of oral copulation with another person who is under 16 years of age is guilty of a felony.”
The William S. Hart Union School District is deeply concerned that one of our substitute teachers, David Cornish, was arrested and is expected to be charged with engaging in sexual misconduct with a Saugus High School minor student, said a district spokesperson in a statement.
“The district strives to provide a safe educational environment for all of our students, and we are saddened and disturbed that one of our substitute teachers is being charged with this misconduct,” Hart district officials said.
The district has been providing instruction via a distance-learning model due to the COVID-19 pandemic and related shutdown of schools.
The district immediately suspended Cornish upon learning of the allegations, according to the spokesperson.
Pursuant to California law, upon receipt of a copy of the formal charge additional action will be taken, including possible immediate termination, and the matter will be reported to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Cornish is being held on $100,000 bail at the to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station.
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