David Araya, Recently Retired Laguna Hills High Spanish Teacher (Another!), Accused of Sex Crimes With a Student

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Last week, we told you about Scott Adrian Peterson and his inappropriate relationship with a teenage student in an Orange riverbed. Now, we've got the recently retired David Araya, 57, who was a Spanish teacher at Laguna Hills High for 10 years before retiring following questioning about a sexual relationship with one of his students.

Araya is being accused of luring a child with intent to commit a crime, oral copulation of a minor and unlawful sexual intercourse, and two misdemeanor counts of molesting a minor, according to court records.

He is scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 19.

The alleged sexual relatioship began in August 2009 and was discovered when the child's mother found inappropriate Facebook messages between Araya and her daughter, which alluded to some hanky panky.

The girl's mother filed a complaint last July, but it took time for authorities to seize computers and track down enough evidence for an arrest.
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Laura
Laura

Never during my years at LHHS, would I have thought Araya to be in any sort of way, "sexually" active with a student. That would be my last thing imaginable that may occur. As his former student, graduating in 2011, for my junior/senior year, he was my club advisor for a Christian, religious group. I always thought of him as a preach-like figure during class. However, what I learned is, I guess is that NOTHING is ever what it seems to be... This man is paying for his consequences now, and may the school also be aware of prospective teacher-student relationships. Overall, the most innocent of facades lies the most harmful, and deceiving as well!

Mark
Mark

Kind of sad to hear this. Was looking at a couple of old Laguna Hills High School teachers, and put his name on Google. He did preach morals and always said he grew up in a ghetto, so he would really harass any kids that seemed gangster-like.

Had him for Spanish for 2 years. But, as a grad from 2006, and after seeing his mugshot which was how I found this from Google images, I am surprised.

Best to all currently at LHHS. GO HAWKS!

Jitterbalbug
Jitterbalbug

So Araya took a plea bargain, pleading guilty to all 5 counts. Looks like he had enough of a conscious left to stop lying about it.

blah6
blah6

Did it even occur to you guys that she had fault in this also? it was said that her reputation is most def. NOT the best. Yes that doesnt excuse of what Araya did but she kept it going. Poor girl my ass. Where were the parents?? Where are her morals??? Yes, 57 to 16 is sick but at age 16, 20 or 35, She's still going to be EASY. She's just as sick!

Tony
Tony

Rosalinda do you know what happened with Sr. Araya after his arraignment? I am curious as to the fate of my former spanish teacher due to the fact that I had him as a spanish 3 teacher his last year before his arrest. I always saw him as a good man and a mentor if a bit of a hardass. He was the best spanish teacher I've ever had and always preached religious morals to us dailey. He went on missions for his church to latin American countries and for that I admired him inspite the fact that I myself am an atheist. To be honest I looked up to Sr. Araya and held him with high respect. When I learned of the alleged relationship between him and a girl I knew I was extremely shocked and defended his innocence until proven guilty. I simply wish to know his fate as a former student and friend. Please reply ASAP.Thank you.

Jacob
Jacob

Hey Rosa, ever heard of Stockholm Syndrome? You have it

KevinandKayla Mc Kay
KevinandKayla Mc Kay

i attended laguna Hills High School and i must say im surprised; surprised that any girl would even touch this dude. My friends had him for spanish and liked him and his teaching methods, good thing they didnt stay "After hours" huh? Senor Araya Layin it down highschool style with little girls, Way to go Hombre. although you know spanish, you are as meaningful as a puddle of piss in a back alley.

Nicole
Nicole

Lol, Rosalinda is this all you do? Prowl news articles about this sick pedophile and bash anyone who has an opinion about what a predator he is? I hate to burst your bubble, but Araya is a sick f*ck who needs to be as far away from children (and yes Rosalinda, as grown up as you think you are, you are a child) as possible.

Maybe you should become a criminal defense attorney. You're good at defending scum.

Rosalinda (S.R
Rosalinda (S.R

Let's not blame until all the facts are examined. Who is to say that the circumstances might be erroneous or made up! by .... the m... or the da... or the....? Just because they got a bad grade!

Pixie
Pixie

This is true. My brother goes to her school and she would always brag about going to Arayas room during lunch time to get tutored. One time, her friend came to visit her during her tutor session and the room was locked.

Rosalinda
Rosalinda

OCparent is an idiot... how do you know that this is not all made up? The news reporters, especially the hernandez dude is an idiot!

Rosalinda
Rosalinda

Don't judge because you will be judged the same. I can't believe it. I am certain the young woman had something to do with it!

OCParent34
OCParent34

Seriously? Facebook? Having a relationship with the girl was bad enough, but they need to add extra time for his sheer stupidity!

Dross
Dross

What's a relatioship?

Laura
Laura

What a shame. I'm sure he has caused much pain towards his family, students, and others involved this case.

Cant Say
Cant Say

Glad to see someone doesnt go along w/ the crowd & automatically points their finger. I dont think anything can be said towards the case but theres still no verdict.

Rosalinda
Rosalinda

I guess you know the scent...

Rosalinda
Rosalinda

You ever think that people get lunch? You're a moron! Get your head out the dark orifice and stick to the facts - dumbell! perhaps you've had to many ... like the idiot reporters!

Noneedtoknow
Noneedtoknow

Rosalinda you need to stop accusing other people of making the wrong decision on whether or not Arraya did or did not commit the crime. I could be asking you the same questions you are asking: how do you know that this is not made up and actually the truth? Think next time you decide to post something else.

REDMEX44
REDMEX44

Rosalinda is the only one that dont judge till proven guilty, last time i checked im sure i am in the U.S.A. ! Not guilty till proven otherwise, yes he got arrested!! So did OJ SIMPSON and what happen huh! Free like a bird, not guilty....So EEFFF YALL!!!

seeker
seeker

Rosalinda, your passionate defense of this accused individual is suspect. Seriously, are you related or something? Authorities don't arrest individuals just on whim. Tone it down a bit.

REDMEX44
REDMEX44

AUTHORITIES DON'T ARREST INDIVIDUALS JUST ON WHIM!!!!! JAJAJAJAJAJAJAJA WHAT World you living in SEEKER, I can't belive you belive that you MORON!!! Tone it down, wha wha...its to much for you..CRY BABY...blah blah blah thats all your saying!

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