Teachers Charged With Giving Booze to Students on Beach Trip

Feb 5, 2015 9:17 AM

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - Authorities say two teachers have been charged after allegedly providing alcohol to students on an overnight beach camping trip in Southern California.

The Los Angeles Times reports 38-year-old Melody Lippert and 30-year-old Michelle Ghirelli were each charged Wednesday with one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. If convicted, they face a maximum sentence of one year in jail.

Orange County prosecutors also investigated allegations that the women had sex with students during the trip, but found insufficient evidence to file charges.

Authorities say Lippert and Ghirelli allegedly gave alcohol to students from West Covina's South Hills High School at San Clemente State Beach last year.

The Covina-Valley Unified School District says both women remain on paid administrative leave.

They are scheduled to be arraigned Friday.


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