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Guadalupe teacher on leave, reportedly charged with lewd acts

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A Guadalupe junior high school teacher has reportedly been charged with lewd acts and placed on administrative leave.

Court records show the misdemeanor charge against James Ungricht, 35, was filed a day before his October 18 arrest on the Cal Poly campus in connection with an incident that allegedly occurred at the campus library on October 3, according to Cal Poly spokesman Matt Lazier.

Ungricht is listed on the Guadalupe Union School District website as being a 6th grade science teacher at Kermit McKenzie Jr. High, but KSBY has learned he is primarily a math teacher there. 

According to Lazier, university police received reports October 3 of a person who may have been engaging in lewd acts in the library on campus.

An investigation was initiated and Lazier says the suspect was identified October 13 as Ungricht, a graduate student at Cal Poly.

According to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney's Office, the alleged incident was a "solo act" and there were no victims, only witnesses. The DA's Office says there are surveillance cameras in the library, as well.

Ungricht pleaded not guilty Thursday morning at his arraignment, according to the DA's Office. He is due back in court next month. 

Jail logs show he is not currently in custody. 

A statement released by Guadalupe Union School District Superintendent Ed Cora reads:

"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.
Although the issues are being investigated by the District, 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.
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."

Lazier says a temporary stay-away order has also been issued against Ungricht for the Cal Poly campus. 

"The maximum possible punishment is a year in county jail," said Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham.

Ungricht's lawyer declined to comment on the case. 

Anyone with relevant information that might assist with the investigation is urged to contact Detective Henriksen with the Cal Poly Police Department at
(805) 756-5566.

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