Guadalupe school teacher charged with committing lewd act

Teacher placed on administrative leave

GUADALUPE, Calif. - San Luis Obispo County Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham confirmed on Thursday that a 35-year-old teacher at Kermit McKenzie Junior High School in Guadalupe was arrested for lewd behavior.

While details about the case are limited, the incident appears to have happened at Cal Poly and it is not believed the teacher's actions involved the Guadalupe Union School District or its students.

The teacher was identified as James Robert Ungricht. He has been removed from Kermit McKenzie Junior High School until the end of the investigation.

Guadalupe Union School District Superintendent Ed Cora released the following statement regarding the case:

Our District was informed of possible issues of concern regarding a District teacher. We immediately placed the teacher on administrative leave, which includes a standard instruction not to enter District property while on leave, and promptly began an investigation.

Although the issues are being investigated by the District, there is no evidence suggesting that the teacher’s conduct involves District schools or students. The District will take all necessary and advisable steps to assure student safety while the investigation proceeds, including cooperating with law enforcement, and we will keep the teacher on leave and off campus until the conclusion of the investigation.

We are limited in our ability to release information due to our legal duty to protect the privacy and employment rights of our teacher, but we will provide further information as it becomes available and appropriate for public release.
Anyone with relevant information that might assist with the investigation is urged to contact Detective Henriksen with the Cal Poly Police Department at 805-756-5566.

Ed Cora
Guadalupe Union School District

The SLO County District Attorney's Office confirmed Ungricht posted his $10,000 bail in late October and is expected back in court on Dec. 14.

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