A 36-year-old teacher from Redding, CA has been sentenced to six years and four months in state prison for six counts involving the sexual abuse of a minor.
The teacher, Daniel James Schafer, was initially charged in 2018 with 18 felony counts that included 11 counts of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a female student.
The girl was one of his students at Anderson New Tech High School; Anderson is a small community of about 10,000 that’s just outside Redding.
The allegations came to light when the girl told her school counselor about the relationship with Schafer.
The Redding Record Searchlight reported that the relationship started when the student was 16 years old. They rendezvoused at Schafer’s home, on car trips and at the school.
The Searchlight also reported the girl provided police with a list of dates and times when she and Schafer had sex.
Schafer reportedly admitted the affair in an interview with the school district’s superintendent; he resigned from Anderson New Tech after his arrest.
Several police officers testified during Schafer’s sentencing hearing about the long-term impacts sexual abuse has on victims, according to KRCR News.
“A teenaged girl who has been lured into a sexual relationship with a teacher is undoubtedly going to need counseling,” Thompson said. “As a sex abuse survivor myself, I can tell you she’s very vulnerable and is probably feeling a lot of guilt and shame”
Even though Daniel James Schafer has been convicted and sentenced, his teaching credential has not yet been revoked (as of June 13, 2019). The reason is that in California, the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) provides teachers accused of sexual misconduct with a lengthy review and appeals process before the revocation of their teaching credential.
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