Michelle Lynn Johnson, Brea Olinda High Math Teacher, Accused of Sex with Male Student

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A letter to parents from the district superintendent today--followed by police confirmation--indicates that Brea Olinda High School's 2009 teacher of the year was arrested Wednesday evening for allegedly having sex with one of her male students.

Math instructor Michelle Lynn Johnson, 45, was taken into custody at her Anaheim home, Brea police Sgt. Jim Griffin said.

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The student's father called police Wednesday, and Johnson was arrested after being questioned, according to Griffin, who declined to provide City News Service with the alleged victim's age or details on how the dad discovered the allegations.

Johnson, who was booked on suspicion of unlawful sex with a minor, was released from custody after posting $20,000 bail, Griffin said.

Police are still gathering information, and anyone who can help is asked to call Detective Debbie Stark at 714.990.7638.

We do know this about the suspect: she has taught at Brea Olinda High School for eight years and is now on paid administrative leave, according to Brea Olinda Unified School District Superintendent Skip Roland, who added that will become unpaid leave if charges are filed against the employee.

Roland provided more details on how the process works in his letter to parents, students and staff that follows on the next page:


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BreaWildcat
BreaWildcat

In her 2012 yearbook photo she says:

"If I had super powers, I'd go back in line and re-live my Twenties!". This is a women who hangs at Panera with her students, tweets jokes and likes the boys in her class to call her Mom.  FREEPER: Female Creeper.

Rick Hale
Rick Hale

She's trying for Teacher of the Year, 2013.

Brainwashed_in_church
Brainwashed_in_church

Let's be perfectly honest. Ninety percent of adult guys envy these high school boys. And, the 10% who (say they) don't are either gay, ill, or lying.

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

On a story like this one, it might make sense to close comments.  You can see why.

Wade Haskell
Wade Haskell

We need to find the male student immediately... and give him his luckiest boy in the world award.

Raul Felix
Raul Felix

... Why the hell didn't any hot teachers fuck me in high school huh? Wtf?

Jason Ladd
Jason Ladd

I bet the father thought there was somethin goin on after his boy went from getting "F's" to strait "A's" !! haha !

Billy Lycan Werewolfer
Billy Lycan Werewolfer

Yo, wait until that student finds out that, that teacher was once a man! now he is a transsexual! He went to Thailand and had gender reassignment. Damn, that kid will never hear the end to school harassment!

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

Hope teacher's like this are still around when my boy turns 14. Save me the trouble of taking him down to TJ. 

anonymous1891
anonymous1891

@BreaWildcat Both Male and Female students call her Mom because she has two popular children at the school, she tutors at Panera without pay. These accusations came the day after seniors final grades were submitted, suspicious. No charges have been filed. Wait for the whole story to come out.

GustavoArellano
GustavoArellano moderator editortopcommenter

@gregdiamond The day we take advice from the Bloviator is the day Kushner bought this infernal rag...

BreaWildcat
BreaWildcat

@gregdiamond 

I think that's what the school district to do. Some people knew about this a week ago, but they waited to arrest her until the last day of school!

Staff KNEW.

Keeping it quiet appears to be exactly what they wanted.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

The idea of sex with a beautiful woman offensive to you meat eater?

BreaWildcat
BreaWildcat

@anonymous1891 @BreaWildcat 

Clearly you believe in Mrs. Johnson and support her. It is always hard when you find out someone you respect is a child molester.

It would be easier to believe if she had been accused before and there were not more than one victim this time. Even more creepy is her daughters former boyfriend! And HIS FATHER CALLED THE COPS, not exactly the makings of another BOHS grading scandal.

No charges have been filed because she is a member of the POWERFUL CTA,'s  which could bring BOUSD to it's knees once again.

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

No crime looms larger for Gustavo than the felony of calling him on his bullshit.

Ok, Aska -- if you want to revel in all of this commentary, it's on your tab.

anonymous1891
anonymous1891

@BreaWildcat Who knew about this a week ago? You are just spreading gossip with no facts what so ever. 

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

@vegandawg23 -- Oh look -- more evidence of why comments might better have been closed on a topic allowing young men to agree that they, too, wish that they were able to have sex.  And from a "top commenter," no less.

anonymous1891
anonymous1891

@BreaWildcat@BreaWildcat I don't know the details and knowing her for a very long time I find all of this hard to believe, but am just waiting to see if charges are brought against her and what the district's investigation brings. CTA did not stop a Brea teacher that was arrested but never charge (after threatening a student) from getting fired a few years back. I just would like to hear more facts. An teenage ex-boyfriend can do some crazy stuff. There are websites to fabricate text messages, we don't know the facts just the gossip.

anonymous1891
anonymous1891

@BreaWildcat @OC_Teacher My original problem was your quote from the year book as evidence that she is guilty. It was pure speculation on my part concerning grading. If you have seen the police report than you know more than me, but I can assure you most of the teachers were not aware. In the past I have always assumed accused child abusers are most likely guilty, and judge them just like many have here. it just has never hit close to home. 

BreaWildcat
BreaWildcat

@OC_Teacher @BreaWildcat 

I would love to know your response to the suggestion above that this was somehow related to FINALS and grading! Can you be anymore naïve?

It was common knowledge, there was a detailed discussion at BOHS about whether the suspects Son would walk (he didn't) at graduation. In defense to your suggestion, there was FAR more concern for the Son then there was the suspect. 

I believe you and perhaps some others were not aware that a colleague was suspected of child molesting, but that is my point, WHY NOT?

This is not the first such allegation, surely you are aware of that.......

BreaWildcat
BreaWildcat

@gregdiamond @OC_Teacher @BreaWildcat 

To begin with, I am not a HE, I am a SHE. I am anonymous because I have to return to this campus next year. Who are you?

I support due process, however, if I knew about this, before so did MANY OTHERS. OC Teacher has not divulged his name, likely for the same reason I can't.

I never said people LOVE to protect teaches who RAPE students, I think they like to avoid controversy. How else do you explain the two MALE coaches who were removed in the past 18 months for "inappropriate" contact, one of whom coaches in South OC, while still dating the BOHS graduate (now an 18 year old)?

Simply put, district and school officials were equally concerned with "fall out" and "damage control" as they were about the safety of the student(s) involved.

BreaWildcat
BreaWildcat

@gregdiamond @OC_Teacher @BreaWildcat

To begin with, I am not a HE, I am a SHE. I am anonymous because I have to return to this campus next year. Who are you?

I support due process, however, if I knew about this, before so did MANY OTHERS. OC Teacher has not divulged his name, likely for the same reason I can't.

I never said people LOVE to protect teaches who RAPE students, I think they like to avoid controversy. How else do you explain the two MALE coaches who were removed in the past 18 months for "inappropriate" contact, one of whom coaches in South OC, while still dating the BOHS graduate (now an 18 year old)?

Simply put, district and school officials were equally concerned with "fall out" and "damage control" as they were about the safety of the student(s) involved.

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

@OC_Teacher @BreaWildcat That sounds a lot more plausible then the story this anonymous guy has been telling.  He wants us to think that people just LOVE to protect teachers who have sex with students. Not so much, actually, though it's great for them to be fans of due process..

OC_Teacher
OC_Teacher

@BreaWildcat You should clarify that "staff" does NOT mean "faculty". Your assertion that so many people were in the know prior to the arrest is 100% FALSE. Most of the BOHS faculty and student body did NOT know who the teacher and minor were until well after being informed Thursday morning of an arrest the previous evening. Admin. and support staff knew, yes, but you're making it sound like there was a school-wide conspiracy to protect the teacher or keep the arrest under wraps, WHICH WAS NOT THE CASE. 

BreaWildcat
BreaWildcat

@anonymous1891 @BreaWildcat 

The staff at BOHS, Canyon and Brea Junior High, as well.

Further, reports from the BPD were leaked by a students parent, who in turn began the rumor mill. It wasn't however, until an uninvolved witness (to the second event) came forward and approached Principal Halpin that things started moving, including the arrest which was discussed with BOTH district officials and the OCDA, and determined bet conducted right before school was released.

There are memo's out there regarding this to staff dated as early as 6/5/13.

You are the one with no facts, request a police report, request full disclosure from Halpin and the school district (pretty hard now that he'll be away for the summer!).

THE STAFF KNEW AND KEPT IT UNDER WRAPS.

anonymous1891
anonymous1891

@BreaWildcat Initially I had hoped to find out the information that was being held from us. I see that this is the least reliable source of facts we can find. I never heard about about any of those allegations. If you know so much about this stuff all district employees are mandated reporters. Did you contact social services as required by law? I do my job and stay out of the student's gossip, but have reported signs of abuse before. There are rumors spread by students as to security guards smoking weed to the fact that a teacher  is amish. It is ridiculous. These are high school kids we are working with.

BreaWildcat
BreaWildcat

@anonymous1891 

So what are you doing here?

Follow ORDERS. Remain silent! What's the matter with you?

Anon, are you aware why the Baseball coach left? What about the Assistant Volleyball Coach last year? How about his boss the Head Coach?

Just wondering if your TOLD not to talk about that too. I bet the Fathers of young Girls at Tesoro, would have appreciated your honesty! But, who cares about those girls right.

anonymous1891
anonymous1891

@BreaWildcat @gregdiamond @BreaPervert Why would any of our fellow staff want them to identify themselves when we were clearly all told not to participate in the banter online? If these people seriously work at the high school I have never seen this much discord among the staff. The teachers that were closest to her were shocked, she was acknowledged at a staff meeting the day before she was arrested by a departing admin. I choose to wait to hear what the fully vetted evidence is instead of gossip and 2nd hand evidence on a message board.

BreaWildcat
BreaWildcat

@gregdiamond @BreaPervert 

Hey what happened to asking the FAKE OC TEACHER to identify himself?

 Victim #1 was on campus tonight, helping welcome several incoming Wrestlers, maybe your kid was one of them and learned first hand the horror he experienced.

You can wait for Due Process all you want. I have heard as much as I need to hear.

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

@BreaPervert

Your lack of belief in Due Process is un-American.  I'm on the side of Due Process, which means that if the criminal justice determines that she's guilty, I will (barring any compelling reason to do otherwise) respect that judgment  That's what Americans do.  As an un-American, your "side" is the side of the lynch mob.  Regardless of what turns out to be true regarding Ms. Johnson, I will be proud to have been on my side rather than yours.  It's not about results, it's about process.  DUE process.  You may need to look that up.

BreaPervert
BreaPervert

@gregdiamond @BreaPervert 

Greg, I was talking "StereoTypes" , is your wife a Busy-Body Housewife? Maybe. You certainly seem to be a busybody husband.

You have proved yourself an expert at twisiting peoples words, digging out meanings that weren't there. My guess is you got your ass-kicked a lot leading up to today.

You have every right to support Ms. Johnson. Just remember, which side you were on when the truth comes out, although something tells me you are a slimey weasely kind of guy who will qualifiy your position with some slippery talk. Typical of your kind..

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

@BreaPervert

I never called her a coward.  Making an anonymous accusation of criminality against someone, as you have, is far far worse than making an anonymous defense of them.

I think that your third-to-last paragraph confirms my view that a large part of your point here is crassly political teacher-bashing as well as fostering mob justice.

I you do "render a guess" and you're wrong, I certainly hope that your identity becomes known. Facing consequences for their actions is the only way that some people learn -- and I'm not just talking about statutory rapists.

BreaPervert
BreaPervert

@OC_Teacher @BreaPERVERT @BreaWildcat @gregdiamond 

OK maybe my CPS thing was over the top. Perhaps, I was over eager to make my point.

Just like Greg Diamond said, you are a coward for not using your name. If you are a teacher at all.

Why was the coach let go?

Your last comment exemplifies the attitude of the ignorant staff at BOHS, "another bored housewife" heh. WRONG. But aren't those housewives Mothers? Should they not be concerned about the children? Don't their $7,5000. per year property taxes and income tax increases pay you? Shouldn't a bored housewife have a say?

Keeping with your stereotypical description, you are another DO-NOTHING union member. You work nine months get paid for 12, you work six hours get paid for eight. You are lazy, misinformed. You of a lower economic social class than those you teach, so you are Jealous that many of your students drive better cars than you. When approached by parents you talk about YOUR kid's instead of theirs.  You are SCARED TO DEATH of dealing with Fathers (I don't mean surrogates like Diamond) you FREAK OUT.

I see it everyday, I have an idea who you are, shall I render a guess? Are you so brave, you'll let me expose a colleague?

I find your obnoxious attitude toward parents disgusting.

BreaPervert
BreaPervert

@gregdiamond @BreaPervert 

Tell them whatever you want.

Hopefully that includes a warning that if a teacher wants to Facebook Friend Request You, Text you, have you call her Mom and spend an inordinate amount of time with you (including sleepovers), they should notify an adult right away. Since you seem to condone adult/youth sex, I would suggest they contact someone like the police. 

If OC TEACHER is real, which I doubt, that person should stand up publicly in Michele Johnsons defense, otherwise her position is NO different than mine, just on opposite sides, I would dare to say it's worse, she is using her opinion as a teacher, to defend an accused rapist (the school districts words, not mine). If I am to have no credibility, why should OC TEACHER?

Come out, OC TEACHER, I am certain your colleagues, who share my view (95% of staff) would be interested to know your position. Is being right ONLY important if you are popular?

This isn't 1959, when kids tell you the Baseball coach, the volleyball coach, the Math teacher is a "creeper". We should take notice (in Michelle Johnson's case a "Freeper"). 

OC TEACHER: Can you honestly say you have NEVER, EVER heard rumors, innuendo or suggestions that Mrs. Johnson was too close to young boys? You are either WAY out of touch at the school or LYING. You Pick. 

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

@BreaPervert -- They seem to *think* that they're "really" my kids, despite that I'm not their biological father.  Shall I tell them that "Brea Pervert" wants to know their opinion on that?

BreaPervert
BreaPervert

@OC_Teacher @BreaPERVERT @BreaWildcat @gregdiamond 

What about Elias Perez Teach, Beth Cindery?

Crushed children? pregnant middle setters?

WHY WAS the coach released, please enlighten us.

My kids have a different last name....So am I to assume they are NOT really your kids? Thought So.

OC_Teacher
OC_Teacher

@BreaPERVERT@OC_Teacher@BreaWildcat@gregdiamond That you equate "due process" with defending a child molester destroys any credibility YOU have (not that you had much to begin with). 

You're not a member of our history dept., apparently.

Nor our English department, because if you read what I wrote closely, you'd see that I was merely pointing out what the letter to staff stated ("statutory rape") and how that charge doesn't correlate to the bail amount. (Look it up. Or perhaps your contact within Brea PD can explain how our court system works.)

And regarding why I choose to remain anonymous, it's because of conspiracy theorist, busy-body whackos like you who attempt to validate their rantings with more innuendo, threats (CPS? REALLY?) and cyber-stalking. (What, did you pick through your kids' yearbooks to find a "Diamond" in our midst?). 

Literally shaking my head right now at your failure to see that NO ONE here is defending Johnson, yet your posts keep getting more and more vitriolic and defensive.

By the way, it's common knowledge on campus why our baseball coach was let go.

Y'know, the more you post, the less and less I think you have anything to do with BOUSD. Just another bored Brea housewife with a shit-load of spare time on her hands.

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

BreaPervert: You have my real name.  I ran for State Senate last year in the area including Brea; you can easily find out what info you'd like about me.

My kids have a different last name.  One just graduated from BJS, not BOHS.

So you're close to one of the victims, meaning that you have a bias.  You've read the police reports (which contain allegations) and the arrest report.   Great -- tell us what's in it!  To what did Johnson admit -- that allowed her to make bail of only $20K?  Was it on the level of sexting?  You don't get that low a level of bail for raping a child.

You know what's alleged; you don't know what's true.  You're perfectly willing to say that those of us who want to let the criminal justice system do it's job are "defending a teacher who molests a minor child," rather than waiting to find the facts.

So are you on faculty or staff at BOHS?  As a parent, I'm very interested.

BreaPERVERT
BreaPERVERT

@OC_Teacher @BreaWildcat @gregdiamond eacher,

Your anonymity provides you little or NO credibility OC Teacher (at least using Mr. Diamonds logic).

My source is a victim (there is more than one). I have read the police reports. This goes way beyond SEXTING. What have I said that is wrong. I would offer defending a teacher who molests a minor child is wrong, but aparently not in your eyes, nor Mr. Diamonds.

NOTE TO TEACHER: Statutory Rape is still RAPE. and again it doesn't matter who the penetrator was, the aggressor is at fault (at least under California law) .

It would be interesting to see you put YOUR name behind the post as Greg Diamond has suggested I do. Then again, he assumed I was a male and an idiot. I think he is a pedophile protector. I wish he used his real name so I could send CPS to check out his make believe kids. There were NO DIAMONDS graduating .

There is an arrest report floating around. I suppose that's BULLSHIT too.  

I guess the reason BOHS has a new baseball coach is because of it's record too!

OC_Teacher
OC_Teacher

@BreaWildcat@gregdiamond You're being bashed because of your rush to judgment, your conspiracy mongering, your rumor-slinging, your name-calling, your baseless assertions, etc. 

Some of us prefer a wait-and-see (i.e. DUE PROCESS) approach before labeling people as "rapists". If Johnson is indeed found guilty of an abuse charge (the notice sent out to teachers mentioned a "statutory rape" arrest, but a $20,000 bail is more in line with felonious emails and "sexting"), then, as Greg said, "we'll pursue it VIGOROUSLY". Of the more reasonable-sounding people contributing to this discussion (NOT the "Dude banged his teacher!!!" crowd), NO ONE is blindly defending Johnson. In fact, to insinuate that ANY teacher would defend her IF she's charged and found guilty is pretty fucking stupid. In fact, we'll be the first to celebrate whatever punishment is meted out to her (assuming it's severe enough). 

Who or what is your source anyway? Because some of the shit you're tossing out there is plain wrong. Instead of trading rumors with whomever your colleagues are at the high school, perhaps you should have been more focused on the education of your kids. (Because from experience, and I have two decades of it, it's always the worst teachers who gossip-monger the most.)

BreaWildcat
BreaWildcat

@gregdiamond 

Just because I don't condone the rape of our kids, doesn't make me an idiot.

Why not bash OC TEACHER for being anonymous? A little selective are we? Chauvanistic Pig.

Pretty sad revalation from the victim today huh! MORON

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

"Thank you for referring to me as an idiot twice."

You're welcome, and you're welcome for my stopping after the second time.  However, to be fair, what I said is that you were either an idiot or politically motivated -- and my money's still on the latter.

Why don't you have a nice conversation with vegandawg23?  I'd enjoy seeing what else you two anonymous writers agree on.

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

"Nothing I said in my comments on this story was remotely racist. "
Admittedly, you're less of a racist than you are an idiot, a coward, and a great reason to close comments sometimes.  But ... still a racist,
Believing that going to a prostitute of a given race makes you not a racist is nuts.  No wonder you stay anonymous.

BreaWildcat
BreaWildcat

@gregdiamond 

Let's just wait and see, Mr. Diamond.

Thank you for referring to me as an idiot twice.

Good luck to your children. Their Father is obviously very active in their lives, posting all day on Fathers Day. Great job Dad!

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@gregdiamond Ever consider that all these people you're screaming "racism" at in your comments just don't give a crap about PC thought police such as yourself and in reality don't have a problem with anyone? 

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@gregdiamond Also a racist would go to a white hooker in Vegas instead of supporting non-white's in TJ or an Asian (any hapa ones around?) one in thailand in my case. By your stupid ideology I'm thinking you don't even believe non-whites can be racist. You're likely some teacher at the school in question. Probably social studies from your comments. 

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@gregdiamond And what about my comments is racist?  !? Think you need to visit one of the OC Weekly's sponsors in  the back and lighten up. Nothing I said in my comments on this story was remotely racist.  

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

One of Gustavo's better features is his willingness to call out racist assholes most of the time.  Racist assholery, especially from someone without the guts to sign their name to it, isn't "open dialogue," it's flinging poo.

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

"If you don't like the comments on such an article stop scrolling down..."
Not caring about something so long as you can't see it?  Pretty unusual for a vegan.  Common for a dog, though.

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@gregdiamond @GustavoArellano @vegandawg23 Gustavo can't take a joke. Unlike you he is a moderator and could have deleted mine or anyone else's comment he didn't like. I respect him for allowing open dialogue. You however are some kinda control freak who wants to control what people say on the internet. This isn't your classroom or church jerkoff. 

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

@gregdiamond @GustavoArellano @vegandawg23 You too. What's your problem anyways? If you don't like the comments on such an article stop scrolling down after you read the article. As if by magic the comments disappear for you. 

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

Who am *I*?  My name is right out there.  Who are YOU?  Why would you feel the need for anonymity given that you're on the side of the torch-and-pitchfork crowd here?

You clearly know -- or pretend to know -- a lot about the specifics of the story, although you won't explain how.  Why should you be considered credible?

I'm not a BOHS or District staff member.  I'm the father of a recent BOHS graduate and of another student entering this fall.  If there is a cover-up -- which usually comes BEFORE an arrest, as now it's sort of TOO LATE -- I'll want to pursue it VIGOROUSLY.  But I'm not going to try to slam the school district based on nothing -- which is what you've shown so far.

I presume that this is political because you (anonymously, as is OC blogging custom) said something nasty about the unions and because your arguments are so loony that they don't seem to bear any other explanation.  Look at them:

"Why wouldn't the other teachers already know?"  Probably so o that she wouldn't be tipped off and run!

"Why wouldn't they arrest her the week BEFORE finals?"  Probably because the police apparently agreed that she wasn't a flight risk and everyone knew that this story would be devastating for students, so it was better if it came out AFTER FINALS.

Only an idiot or someone intent on scoring political points wouldn't get this.  So if this isn't political on your part, I guess that narrows it down.  Your thinking that I'm "blaming the victims" here may well seal the case for idiocy.

BreaWildcat
BreaWildcat

@gregdiamond 

Politically motivated crap?

A Young man was SEXUALLY ABUSED! Who are you? Perhaps if you had children involved you would feel differently. Perhaps not, you sound like a blind defender, likely a staff member yourself.

Victim #1 was the former boyfriend of the suspects daughter, the "best friend" of the Son. the Son was unable to "walk" at graduation because of the scandal, that in it. Victim #2 is a close friend of his as well.

I don't know who GREGDIAMOND is, but clearly he wants to point blame at the victim(s). His statement: "I don't think we need to worry about a cover up" is most troubling. I think WE NEED to worry about a cover up.

gregdiamond
gregdiamond

Why close comments?  Because their nature was so likely to be exactly what we've seen here.
Then again, a minority of comments were also always likely to be politically motivated crap like yours, so in a way I suppose that balances out all of the "attaboy" comments.
I don't think we have to worry about a cover-up.  I do think that we have to worry about demagogues like you who anonymously post salacious rumors but still expect what they say to be treated with respect..

P.S. No idea what you mean by "your girlfriends Mom."  Was she a parent of a girl at BOHS?  If not, then what are you talking about?  On second thought, don't bother answering.

BreaWildcat
BreaWildcat

@gregdiamond @GustavoArellano @vegandawg23 

Why close comments? While this jackass is obviously being foolish, Nothing is MORE vile to me then the sexual abuse of minor children. I believe by California law, it doesn't matter if the suspect was the "penatratee or penatror", it's still RAPE.

This filthy bitch, more than once manipulated this kid. A seventeen year old boy lacks the emotional maturity to deal with this "emotional incest" let alone the stigma of having banged your girlfriends Mom, which he did at school.

It sounds like you another district defender wanting to "slow down" and let the cover up develop.

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