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Mission Viejo Teacher Accused of Inappropriate Relationship with Student

In Mission Viejo, CA, a middle school teacher has been arrested due to suspicion of committing "lewd and lascivious acts" with a student. She is being held on bail for $50,000. The 34-year-old eighth grade teacher, Kristen Roush, was taken into custody on Friday, October 24.

Information about the relationship began to surface in July of this year, when the parents of the victim, a male student at La Paz Intermediate School, grew suspicious that an inappropriate relationship was taking place between Roush and their son. Investigators from the Orange County Sheriff's Department collected each of the individuals' cell phones and gathered text message evidence. Investigators also conducted interviews with witnesses. The results of the investigation led officers to arrest Roush at her home in Aliso Viejo.

A spokeswoman from Saddleback Valley Unified School District reported that Roush would not be allowed to return to her teaching position for the remainder of the school year. She will be placed on paid administrative leave.

Colleagues & Parents Speak Out

Those that were familiar with Roush have voiced their opinions on the case. Many were shocked and could not believe that the teacher had been accused of inappropriate conduct with a student.

Several former students, neighbors, and others who knew Roush reported that she was a wonderful teacher. One maintenance worker at La Paz Intermediate School also described her as a "nice lady." Others, however, were disappointed and upset upon hearing about the case, and expressed their hope that Roush will be brought to justice for this predatory behavior.

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