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California teacher and his girlfriend charged with having sex with female student

February 6, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
California teacher and his girlfriend charged with having sex with female student

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Authorities in Los Banos, California have arrested a teacher accused of engaging in inappropriate sexual relationships with two students along with the man’s girlfriend who also stands accused of having sex with one of the victims.

Gary Bettencourt, 40 and his 22-year-old Devyn Egan were arrested at their home in Turlock, California on Wednesday

Police officials say the charges stem from an investigation conducted by detectives who gathered DNA evidence and information from cell phones and computers to build a case.

Bettencourt taught at Los Banos High School until 2009 and had worked at Pacheco High since 2010 until the allegations surfaced regarding his having sexual relationships with the two female students.

Local media outlets are reporting that Egan, who is a Los Banos graduate, was also one of his pupils.

“It’s very disturbing. You hope that it never happens during your career, and when it does, it’s like a punch in the stomach and it’s a betrayal of the profession,” said Dr. Steve Tietjen, superintendent.

Authorities were first alerted of the allegations back in September after one of the students confided in a member of the school’s faculty that she had sex with her 40-year-old English and drama teacher, and his 22-year-old girlfriend, Egan on numerous occasions.

The victim said the inappropriate relationship started early last year and only ended after her graduation in June, when she was 17-years-old.

“Over the course of the investigation, we gathered several pieces of evidence which included messages from social media and the recovering of information from computers and cell phones that led to the discovery of the second victim,” said Los Banos acting Chief Ray Reyna.

Reyna said that the second victim, who is now 27-years-old, described her sexual relationship with Bettencourt, which had taken place when she was between the ages of 15 to 17.

On Wednesday, prosecutors filed charges aginst both suspects on suspicion of unlawful sexual intercourse and oral copulation with a minor.

Bettencourt faces an additional charge of communicating with a minor for the purpose of committing a crime.

“Their charges involve unlawful sexual acts with a minor, lewd contact, and several other charges related to that type of conduct,” said Reyna.

School officials said counseling is available to the students who were in Bettencourt’s classes..”We all feel betrayed here, and I just want to try to build the trust back into the system we had before this occurred,” said Tietjen.

In September, the school district placed Bettencourt on paid administrative leave. However, since prosecutors have filed charges he’ll now be put on unpaid leave will likely lose his teaching license.

Bettencourt and Egan are still in the custody of the Merced County jail.

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