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A former Salinas High biology teacher is charged with having sex with a year-old girl for the second time in six years. Juan Govea was charged with felony sexual assault on a minor, five years after charges of unlawful sexual intercourse with the same minor were dismissed after victim refused to testify.
According to a interview with the Monterey County DA's Office, prosecutors are allowed two dismissals in a felony case, which opened up the door for the woman at the center of the case to change her mind down the road. Now, new charges have been filed regarding his relationship with the same minor: Two counts of oral copulation with a minor.
A report out of the Department of Justice Canada indicates that it is common for sexual assault victims to feel reluctant to report their experience. Govea is not in police custody but rather was cited via a letter sent by the Monterey County District Attorney's Office. When Govea was charged inthe local judicial bench recused itself from the case, and it was transferred to San Benito County Superior Court.
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Monterey County Superior Courthouse Executive Officer Chris Ruhl said he did not yet know whether the bench would recuse itself from hearing Govea's case again. Last summer, multiple women came forward to say they noticed or were subject to inappropriate behavior by Govea as students on anonymous Instagram thisisour A second young woman other than the potential victim from came forward on the thisisour Instagram and wrote about a sexual encounter she said she had with Govea while she was still in high school.
More: Monterey County's second-largest school district le the way with fall reopening plans. This woman says while she was a high school student working as his teaching assistant, Govea became flirtatious with her.
They began to play a trivia game on an app, as well. After she finally won a game, she said, Govea sent her a photo of him in bed that said he wished she was with him.
Former salinas high teacher charged with felony sexual assault on minor
Next, she said, he invited her to his Salinas home, where he told her that "he went through every window of the office at school to see if he could see his house. He told me that no one could see his house from the main office.
According to herGovea invited her back to his home for dinner the following week. He gave her Champagne, and then followed that up with peach vodka. Too drunk to drive home, she wrote, she spent the night and they performed a sex act. In the comments of that same post, various people who said they were students of his wrote that he routinely made sexual jokes with students and walked around the classroom massaging students' shoulders.
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Salinas Union High School District communications director Marcos Cabrera said the district had no comment on the allegations brought forward on Instagram thisisour or on the case against Govea. He was unable to confirm Govea's last date of employment with the school.
Comments in the post encouraged people to call for his reation. On Sept.
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He reed Sept. Weeks later, a letter ed by 15 of Govea's museum colleagues accused Govea of creating a hostile work environment in conjunction with the then-museum director.
Carla Bitter, executive director of the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History, said the museum could not comment on personnel matters or on the case. Kate Cimini is a journalist for The Californian. Share your story at or kcimini thecalifornian.
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