FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contacts: Lt. Jeff Hallock, 714.904.7042, JHallock@ocsd.org, Carrie Braun, 714.647.1848, CBraun@ocsd.org
Capistrano Valley High School Teacher Arrested
MISSION VIEJO, Calif. (November 30, 2015) – On Monday, November 30, 2015, Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victim’s Unit investigators arrested Justin Verducci, 25, Irvine, on charges related to inappropriate text communication with a student. Verducci was arrested in front of his Irvine residence following investigation into allegations he was “sexting” with a 16 year-old student at Capistrano Valley High School where he is employed as a teacher.
On Friday, November 27, 2015, Sheriff’s investigators were contacted by the student’s parents who indicated they discovered several inappropriate text messages on their daughter’s phone. The text messages were sexual in nature and exchanged between their daughter and Verducci. Investigators collected evidence and obtained information over the weekend before contacting Verducci this morning.
Verducci is a math teacher at Capistrano Valley High School in the City of Mission Viejo. Additional details regarding Verducci’s employment should be directed to the Capistrano Valley Unified School District.
Verducci was arrested for child annoyance and sexual communication with a known minor online. He was booked into Orange County Jail and is being held on $20K bail. Verducci is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, December 1, 2015.
Anyone with information regarding additional victims is asked to call the Orange County Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victim’s Unit at (714) 647-7418 or (714) 647-7000. Anonymous tips may also be submitted to Orange County Crime Stoppers at 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or at occrimestoppers.org.
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