Elk Grove Teacher Accused of Sexual Misconduct

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John Richard Young (Courtesy: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department)

ELK GROVE -- A teacher at Sheldon High School in Elk Grove was arrested Tuesday amid an investigation of alleged sexual misconduct.

According to the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department, 53-year-old John Richard Young had inappropriate sexual contact with a 17-year-old student. Investigators say the incidents took place over a year.

It was unknown if the girl was one of Young's students.

Young was placed on administrative leave by the Elk Grove Unified School District once district officials heard about the allegations.

Young was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on sex charges. He is due to appear in court Thursday.

In the past two years, the Elk Grove Unified School District has been involved in seven incidents of sexual misconduct.

In a statement, the district recognizes the number is high and "not acceptable." The district says all seven accused employees were given fingerprint clearance and underwent background checks before hiring.

Young was a Spanish teacher at Sheldon for around five years.

The school district sent out the following letter:

Elk Grove Unified School District Letter on Scribd