Former student at San Pedro high sues teacher over sex abuse

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 at 8:56 am
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One of the San Pedro High School students sexually molested by a substitute science teacher sued her and the Los Angeles school district, alleging negligence, breach of mandatory duty and sexual abuse.

The plaintiff, identified only as John Doe, alleged Michelle Yeh drugged him and gave him alcohol to induce him into a sexual relationship.

Yeh, 29, was sentenced to four years in prison on Jan. 15 after pleading no contest to multiple felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from the molestation of at least three students.

The felony counts included engaging in sexual intercourse with a minor under 16, oral copulation of a minor under 16 and committing a lewd act on a child. She also pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count each of child molestation involving a 16-year-old boy and to violating a court order not to have any contact with the three teens. Prosecutors said she texted one of the victims.

The plaintiff’s mother, identified as Mrs. Doe, filed the lawsuit on his behalf Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court. The suit, which also names The suit seeks unspecified damages.

An LAUSD spokeswoman did not immediately reply to an email seeking comment.

According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff, now 16 years old, was 15 when he was abused by Yeh. The teacher, 28 years old at the time, was the boy’s 10th grade biology teacher, the suit states.

Yeh initially flirted with the teen and showed him favoritism, then escalated her conduct to sexual molestation, the suit alleges. She bought the boy video games and tennis shoes and also took him to Disneyland and to restaurants, the suit states.

“She also provided plaintiff with marijuana, alcohol and prescription drugs such as Xanax,” the suit states. “After drinking alcohol and abusing drugs, Yeh would engage in sexual intercourse with John Doe.”

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