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Sierra teacher pleads not guilty to charges of sex with 17-year-old student
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Sierra High School teacher Jeffrey Maurer, 43, pled not guilty Friday afternoon to charges of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a 17-year-old student over a four-month period.

Maurer appeared in the Manteca Branch of the San Joaquin County Superior Court in front of Judge Duane Martin.  Deputy District Attorney Claire Van Vuren filed four sexual accounts against the Livermore resident earlier in the day.  He is currently free on a $250,000 bond.

Van Vuren said the first count against Maurer involved the alleged statutory rape that occurred in January of this year.  Counts two and three resulted from alleged child molestation of a minor under the age of 18 in both September of last year and February 17 of 2010 – a day before the girl turned 18.

Count Four of the charges was filed for the suspect’s alleged dissuading of a witness from reporting a crime that reportedly occurred on March 10 of this year.  

Maurer appeared in court on Friday with his attorney, Patrick Clancy, of Walnut Creek, who specializes in sexual cases.

Manteca Police detective Steve Beermann confirmed that Maurer is currently on leave from his teaching position in the Manteca Unified School District.  The judge made no stay away order for the defendant to maintain a distance with the victim now of legal age.

The teacher had been instructing classes in psychology, economics and government at Sierra.

A pre-trial hearing date was set for June 7 in Department One of the Manteca court.