Former Lake Elsinore teacher pleads guilty in affair with teen student

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Former Lake Elsinore teacher pleads guilty in affair with teen student

 

10:00 PM PDT on Friday, April 25, 2008

 

By TAMMY J. McCOY

The Press-Enterprise

 

A former Lake Elsinore high school teacher could face three years in prison after pleading guilty Friday to sexually abusing a female student.

 

The woman’s twin sister pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for helping her sister and the student see each other outside of school.

 

Franca Munoz-Juvera, 27, who taught math at Lakeside High School until June, pleaded guilty to a single count of lewd acts with a minor for having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old student between October and November 2006.

 

During a hearing at the Southwest Justice Center, Judge John M. Monterosso told Franca Munoz-Juvera that she could face from a year in jail to three years in prison when she is sentenced June 6.

 

She will also have to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life, the judge said.

 

According to Riverside County court records, Munoz-Juvera told authorities that she loves the girl but knew it was inappropriate to have a sexual relationship with her student.

 

The student told investigators that they kissed while in a Lakeside High School classroom during school hours and had sexual contact with each other, according to court records.

 

The Press-Enterprise does not typically identify the alleged victims of sexual crimes or their family members.

 

The Rancho Cucamonga resident taught math at the school while her twin sister,Antonia Munoz-Juvera, taught chemistry there.

 

Antonia Munoz-Juvera and Eileen Elizabeth Valerio, 20, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of accessory after the fact and face a year in jail when sentenced June 6.

 

Valerio lived with the twins at their Rancho Cucamonga apartment, according to court records.

 

Antonia Munoz-Juvera and Valerio helped arrange for the student to spend the night with Franca Munoz-Juvera, according to court records.

 

They drove the student from her home in Riverside County to their Rancho Cucamonga apartment, and coached the girl on ways of deceiving her parents, the records show.

 

The case began to unfold when the student’s father found inappropriate e-mail messages between his daughter and Franca Munoz-Juvera in September 2006, according to court records filed in support of an arrest warrant.

 

At the time, there was not enough evidence to support a criminal charge so he pulled his daughter from the class.

 

The girl’s father, in an effort to prove his suspicions, recorded his daughter’s telephone conversations, the records state.

 

In December, a recording revealed a conversation with sexual overtones, according to the records. The father took the recording to the sheriff’s station in Lake Elsinore, which prompted the investigation.

 

Franca Munoz-Juvera’s teaching credential was suspended as a result of being charged with sexually abusing a minor, according to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.

 

Reach Tammy J. McCoy at 951-375-3729 or tmccoy@PE.com

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