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Chico Unified School District teacher arrested on suspicion of sexual assault with former student

Chico Police said they arrested a teacher on suspicion of sexual assault with a former student.

Posted: Aug 20, 2020 3:09 PM
Updated: Aug 21, 2020 2:12 PM

CHICO, Calif. – Chico Police said they arrested a teacher on suspicion of sexual assault with a former student.

Officers said they have been investigating allegations over the past couple of weeks against a teacher who works at a school in the Chico Unified School District. A former student of the teacher reported that she was a victim of on-going sexual abuse while she was attending the school, according to police.

Detectives said they contacted the teacher, Jennifer Smith, and arrested her after an arrest warrant was issued for multiple counts of sexual assault.

This is still an ongoing investigation. Detectives said they obtained information that there might be other people who have information about these allegations or other incidents involving Smith.

Police are asking anyone who might have information to contact the Chico Police Detective Bureau at 530-897-5820.

Smith was booked at Chico PD and transported to the Butte County Jail on several counts of sexually assaulting a minor, according to police.

The Chico Unified School District said the teacher will be immediately placed on administrative leave and will remain on leave pending the outcome of the investigation. 

In a news release the district released the following statement, "CUSD responds to each and every reported act of misconduct seriously. The Chico Police Department is responsible for the ongoing criminal investigation. The school and district administration will cooperate fully with the investigation. At this point, there is no evidence that the allegations involve any current Chico Unified School District students, nor are we aware of any additional allegations."

Due to the legal restrictions that surround employee personnel issues and student family confidentiality, at this time, Chico Unified is legally prohibited from publically commenting on any pending disciplinary action.

CUSD has no greater priority than the safety of our students. We do not tolerate conduct from any individual that compromises student safety or betrays the trust placed in our professionals. We remain committed to taking all necessary actions to ensure that our students are educated in a safe environment."

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