Former Arroyo Grande HS Teacher Charged with Numerous Sex Crimes

After being investigated, charges has been filed against a former Arroyo Grande High School teacher, according to the police. Police mentioned before that she was under investigated for sex crime allegations with a minor male student of hers.

All charges against Tara Stumph, 36, include sexual intercourse with a minor and oral copulation of a minor, which are both felonies, and three counts of misdemeanor child molestation.

According to the complaint filed in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court Tuesday, the alleged incidents happened between December 2014 and December 2015, with the two felonies allegedly taking place in June 2015.


Last year, Arroyo Grande police said the sexual crime allegations were brought to the attention of school administrators who notified police on December 4.

Shortly after, police said the teacher was placed on administrative leave, but did not disclose her name and said she had not been arrested and no criminal charges had been filed. Officials with the Lucia Mar Unified School District confirmed with KSBY last week that Stumph was no longer employed by the district.

The district Wednesday morning issued the following statement to KSBY:

“District officials have been notified that a complaint has been filed in connection with the investigation of an Arroyo Grande High School teacher.

Student safety has been and continues to be a primary focus of the Lucia Mar Unified School District. As soon as the District was alerted to this information, the teacher in question was immediately placed on leave and the District cooperated with the investigation by local law enforcement. The teacher is no longer an employee of the District.

We commend the AGHS administrative staff, Lucia Mar Human Resources and the Arroyo Grande Police Department on their thorough investigation into the original allegations and the subsequent investigation by the District Attorney’s Office. It is through these collaborative efforts, that we are able to ensure that student safety at all District schools remains a number one priority.”

Detectives interviewed potential witnesses and collected evidence for some time before recommending charges to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.

Stumph was reportedly a culinary arts teacher at Arroyo Grande High School where she worked for about five years, according to district officials. She is expected to be arraigned August 29.


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