The Merced County Sheriff's Department has opened an investigation at Livingston High School into allegations of inappropriate relations between a teacher and a student.
Deputy Tom MacKenzie, sheriff's spokesman, confirmed the ongoing investigation at the school but said he couldn't share specific details about the allegations, citing the integrity of the ongoing investigation.
No arrests have been made in the case.
Numerous parents and others at the school placed calls to the Sun-Star this week about the allegations.
Scott Scambray, Merced Union High School District superintendent, acknowledged the case but said he couldn't comment further. "It's a police matter and an investigation right now and that's about all I can tell you," Scambray said. "We can't say anything about it."
The investigation comes on the heels of a case last year at Livingston High in which a chemistry teacher was accused of keeping 4 milliliters of the explosive nitroglycerin in her lab, and helping three students inhale chloroform.
That teacher, Japhia Smith Huhndorf, was placed on four years of felony probation after pleading no contest to felony child abuse.
Besides probation, she was ordered not to contact and stay at least 100 yards away from one of the minors in the case. She also lost her teaching credential.
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