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Sierra High teacher faces charges of inappropriate sexual behavior

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POSTED March 17, 2010 3:14 a.m.
Jeffrey Maurer, who teaches psychology, economics and government at Sierra High School, turned himself in to Manteca Police Tuesday night at 6:30 for alleged inappropriate sexual behavior with a student.

The 43-year-old Maurer is being charged with unlawful sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old female student that police allege has been ongoing for a four-month period.  The Livermore resident is also being charged with molesting or annoying a minor and for dissuading a witness.

Detective Sergeant Tony Souza said detectives had visited Maurer’s Livermore home several times but were unable to locate him. His attorney, Patrick Clancy of Walnut Creek, called police early Tuesday and said his client would be turning himself in during the early evening hours.  Maurer arrived with his bondsman who covered the $250,000 bail amount following his booking in the Manteca Jail.

Maurer has been an instructor at Sierra High since 2000. A Manteca Unified School District spokesman said Tuesday afternoon that Maurer has been placed on an indefinite paid administrative leave.

“We don’t have any further information at this time,” the school district spokeswoman added, and referred all other questions about the case to the police department.

The complaint, which has been investigated by police for more than a week, is reportedly being forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office.

Maurer is expected to appear in court within the next two weeks.

Former students of the Sierra High teacher described him as “a good teacher” who “related with (his) students” and that “the students liked him.”
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