A Guadalupe Union School District teacher has been placed on administrative leave and now has a warrant out for his arrest after being charged with misdemeanor lewd conduct by the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office.
James Robert Ungricht, 35, was charged with misdemeanor engaging in lewd conduct and is due to appear for arraignment in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court on Thursday morning in Department 8.
According to the school's website, Ungricht is a math teacher at Kermit McKenzie Junior High.
The complaint charge, which was filed last month, alleges that Ungricht "did unlawfully engage in lewd and dissolute conduct in a public place and/or in a place open to the public and exposed to public view."
The complaint also alleges that the crime occurred Oct. 3. Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham confirmed that the alleged incidents occurred at the Cal Poly San Luis Obispo campus but could not divulge further details.
Ed Cora, superintendent for the Guadalupe Union School District, issued a statement to the Santa Maria Times on Wednesday evening:
"Our district was informed of possible issues of concern regarding a district teacher. We immediately placed the teacher on administrative leave, which includes a standard instruction not to enter district property while on leave, and promptly began an investigation."
Cora also stated that there is "no evidence suggesting that the teacher's conduct involves district schools or students."
"The district will take all necessary and advisable steps to assure student safety while the investigation proceeds, including cooperating with law enforcement, and we will keep the teacher on leave and off campus until the conclusion of the investigation," the statement continued.
"We are limited in our ability to release information due to our legal duty to protect the privacy and employment rights of our teacher, but we will provide further information as it becomes available and appropriate for public release."
The statement also directed anyone with further relevant information that may assist with the investigation to contact the Cal Poly Police Department.
Inquiries made to the media relations department at Cal Poly were not returned by press time.