Richard John Rack, Guilty of Sex Crimes with Middle School Girls, Faces October Sentencing
See Update No. 3 at the bottom of Page 2 on Richard Rack facing sentencing in October for sexual crimes against three girl students. Update No. 2 on Page is about the ex-middle school teacher's surprise guilty plea to sexual misconduct. Update No. 1 is about an accuser testifying her teacher went easy on her in class after she sent him frontal nude photos of herself.
ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 19, 7 A.M.: A San Clemente middle school math teacher faces trial today for allegedly assaulting an 8th-grade female student sexually while alone with her on campus and committing lewd acts against two other teen girl students.
Richard John Rack, 51, of San Clemente, could be drawing up math quizzes in state prison for 12 years and eight months and be a registered sex offender for infinity with a conviction.
Rack, who had been teaching at Shorecliffs since 2002, allegedly engaged in lewd touching and oral copulation with a 14-year-old girl between February 2009 and October 2010, primarily while alone with her on campus.
Two other girls who were 13 and 14 between April and November 2011 accused Rack of hugging and making lewd comments to them. One girl told the school principal about the conduct, prompting an Orange County Sheriff's Department investigation and Rack's arrest on June 6, 2012, related to the two girls.
The alleged conduct with the first girl was uncovered after Rack's arrest. I reported later in June 2012 about two additional girls who came forward with allegations--for a total of five--but the trial today only concerns the accusations of the original three alleged victims.
Rack is charged with six felony counts of lewd acts on a child age 14 or 15, one felony count of lewd or lascivious acts with a minor under 14, and one felony count of oral copulation of a minor under 16.