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MVHS teacher sentenced for lewd texts to student

A longtime Mountain View High School teacher was sentenced to three years probation Thursday after he sent inappropriate text messages to a female student, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

Evan Smith, who taught math and was the junior class adviser last year, pleaded no contest in March to a misdemeanor charge of annoying or molesting a child under age 18. In addition to three years probation sentence, Smith must also register as a sex offender, surrender his teaching credential and resign from his job at the district.

Smith was arrested on Nov. 7 after a female student reported that Smith had sent her inappropriate text messages, which began over the summer and persisted for several months. She reported the texts to school officials, who referred the information to the Mountain View Police Department. Officers arrested Smith the next day.

Smith was immediately put on administrative leave following the arrest. A joint press release at the time stated that law enforcement was able to take swift action because of the willingness by the victim to come forward and report the inappropriate exchange.

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MVHS teacher sentenced for lewd texts to student

by / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Fri, May 4, 2018, 11:44 am

A longtime Mountain View High School teacher was sentenced to three years probation Thursday after he sent inappropriate text messages to a female student, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

Evan Smith, who taught math and was the junior class adviser last year, pleaded no contest in March to a misdemeanor charge of annoying or molesting a child under age 18. In addition to three years probation sentence, Smith must also register as a sex offender, surrender his teaching credential and resign from his job at the district.

Smith was arrested on Nov. 7 after a female student reported that Smith had sent her inappropriate text messages, which began over the summer and persisted for several months. She reported the texts to school officials, who referred the information to the Mountain View Police Department. Officers arrested Smith the next day.

Smith was immediately put on administrative leave following the arrest. A joint press release at the time stated that law enforcement was able to take swift action because of the willingness by the victim to come forward and report the inappropriate exchange.

Comments

Interesting
Bailey Park
on May 4, 2018 at 2:03 pm
Interesting , Bailey Park
on May 4, 2018 at 2:03 pm
4 people like this

I am sure there is more to this story. Occurring over the summer and not reveled to Fall. Sounds like a student / teacher relationship that went wrong.


Stop it
another community
on May 4, 2018 at 2:18 pm
Stop it, another community
on May 4, 2018 at 2:18 pm
38 people like this

Maybe the privacy of the teenage victim is more important than your interest in salacious details


Tina
North Whisman
on May 4, 2018 at 2:25 pm
Tina, North Whisman
on May 4, 2018 at 2:25 pm
34 people like this

There is no such thing as a consensual relationship between a student and a teacher, or between any child and an adult. It's always abuse.


Concerned
Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 4, 2018 at 2:30 pm
Concerned, Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on May 4, 2018 at 2:30 pm
7 people like this

Yes, it sounds like it did go wrong. The teacher didn’t act responsibly, he too could have stoped the texting if it was not appropriate or reported it too school officials. Instead he crossed a line that shouldn’t happen in this type of relationship.


Maher
Registered user
Martens-Carmelita
on May 4, 2018 at 3:28 pm
Maher, Martens-Carmelita
Registered user
on May 4, 2018 at 3:28 pm
21 people like this

To "interesting" ... your speculative scenario which avoids any responsibility of a teacher preying on a student says more about what sort of person you are than it says about the teacher or esp about the student. What "went wrong" is the teacher pursued his student and not only that but the student is minor. We're talking statutory rape if he'd "had his way with her". As for you, I hope you don't have kids; I hope you are not a teacher. Stay away from young people, please.


KWhisman
Registered user
Whisman Station
on May 6, 2018 at 9:12 am
KWhisman, Whisman Station
Registered user
on May 6, 2018 at 9:12 am
6 people like this

I'm proud of the student for coming forward regarding the inappropriate texts. It's disheartening that we expect our children to be "safe" in school and not exposed to these situations and then something like this happens in our community.


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