A Guadalupe Union School District math teacher charged with lewd and dissolute conduct -- stemming from an Oct. 3 incident at the Cal Poly library -- has resigned. 

James Ungricht, 35, a sixth-grade math teacher at Kermit McKenzie Junior High, submitted his resignation to the district's board of education Jan. 10, Guadalupe Union Superintendent Ed Cora confirmed. Cora said the board accepted his resignation that night.

Ungricht was hired by the district in August 2014 as a math teacher and served in that capacity until Oct. 18, 2017, when he was arrested on an outstanding warrant by the Cal Poly Police Department. As a result of his arrest, the district placed him on paid administrative leave beginning Oct. 19. 

Ungricht posted $10,000 bail Oct. 23 and has remained free since. Two days after posting bail, district officials put Ungricht on mandatory, unpaid leave after receiving a copy of the criminal complaint filed against him. Ungricht was informed via a letter from Cora that lewd and dissolute conduct is considered a "sex offense" by California Education Code, and is grounds for immediate and compulsory unpaid leave.

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He pleaded not guilty to the charges during his November arraignment in San Luis Obispo County Superior Court and is due back Feb. 15. His teaching credential remains suspended by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

Mathew Burciaga covers education in Santa Maria and the surrounding area for Lee Central Coast Newspapers. Follow him on Twitter @math_burciaga

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