John Gilbert Orellano Sued by Ex-Student Who Claims Teacher Began Luring Her Into Sex at 15

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Another day, another history teacher who lives in Orange County fighting a case involving sexual relations he had with an underage teen girl from one of his classes in Los Angeles County.

Thursday, it was Anaheim's Steve Andrews, who was convicted of multiple, repeated sexual acts with a 13-year-old girl he taught at Lorbeer Middle School in Diamond Bar. Today, it's Cypress' John Gilbert Orellano, who already pleaded no contest to sexually abusing a 17-year-old girl he taught at California High School in Whittier. Now she's suing him claiming he began luring her when she was 15.

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The Whittier Union High School District is also named in the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, where the school system is accused of general negligence, negligent hiring and retention of an employee, negligent supervision and breach of mandatory duty.

The now-18-year-old woman's actual complaint states the district should have known Orellano was often alone in his classroom with her and that he should never have been hired in the first place in 2010 due to problems he is alleged to have had at previous schools where he taught.

Orellano, 37, who was also California High's junior varsity boys basketball coach and later resigned from the school district, is accused of sexual abuse of a minor in the suit, which seeks unspecified compensatory damages from him and Whittier Union.

A short time after the then-15-year-old began her sophomore year in the 2011-12, Orellano befriended her, complimented her on her looks and invited her into his classroom at lunch and after school, according to the complaint, which adds she went on to serve as his teacher assistant during her junior year.

This led to an exchange of text messages that, according to the suit, were part of a "calculated plan to have [her] become emotionally attached to him." The texts would eventually become very personal and then quite sexual, the complaint alleges.

The teen eventually believed she was in love with Orellano, and their sexual relationship started early in 2013, states the suit. She was 17 by then.

School administrators found out about the text messages in March of that same year and launched an investigation that led to Orellano being suspended and later resigning. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department was also notified, which resulted in an investigation by sheriff's Special Victims Bureau detectives who later booked Orellano at the Norwalk Sheriff's Station in May 2013.

Under a deal with the Los Angeles County District Attorney's office, Orellano pleaded "no contest" in July 2013 to a felony charge of unlawful sexual intercourse. As part of the agreement, another count of unlawful sexual intercourse and two counts of oral copulation with a minor were dismissed.

In September of that same year, Orellano was sentenced to 90 days in jail and five years probation. He was not ordered to register as a sex offender.

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JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

He may have religious grounds if he is Islamic?


The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) on Tuesday ruled that according to Islam there is no minimum age of marriage. Islam does not forbid marriage of young children, the council said. However, the rukhsati (consummation of marriage) is allowed only in the case that both husband and wife have reached puberty.

Bombadil
Bombadil

Dear 17 year old "child" - how about just saying "No"?

vegandawg23
vegandawg23 topcommenter

What's she suing the school for exactly? Unless he had a record and they hired him anyways I'm not seeing what grounds she has for a lawsuit. This is a criminal matter not a civil one.

ocmom73
ocmom73

@DonkeyHotay----  Oh please, Donkey, you know full well that in this state there is no such thing as consensual sex for a minor.

In California a person under 18 (yes, 17 and 364 days) who is willingly and happily engaging in, even initiating, any kind of sexual activity is, can only be, a child victim of child sexual abuse - incapable of any independent thought. It says so in the Penal Code. Which, I suppose was written by a bunch of men who were having a difficult time realizing that their princesses have minds of their own and may be - gasp - sexual beings.

Hello! The 19th century wants its morals back! As a former - mildly popular - minor female I cannot stress how offensive I find this.

Regarding this story - it is entirely wrong for a teacher to be engaging in this sort of conduct, but lets get a grip here. We are talking about a  relationship with a willing 17 year old - otherwise the charges would have been different. He took his lumps. Lets move on.

I hope she enjoys whatever is left over after the lawyers share. For the rest of us, it is not like the school district budgets are strained. Whats another few kids in a class or cutting some more programs? I for one am glad my children are out of the public school system.

Bombadil
Bombadil

@vegandawg23 shes got nothing to loose. Lawyer will take the case on contingency - for half, or whatever, school district will settle because settling will cost less then defending against this claim. Kachiing. Its the american way.

Bombadil
Bombadil

@paullucas714Agree, any jail time for a relationship with a 17 year old is absurd. Fire his @ss - guy is not fit to teach, but come one...

fishwithoutbicycle
fishwithoutbicycle topcommenter

@paullucas714  

A pittance for what he did. I think if scum like him received punishment from the courts that was even remotely appropriate for the crime he committed people wouldn't be so eager to dispense some of their own vigilante law and order. The lynch mob mentality is a reaction to how the justice system is failing victims of sex crimes.

paullucas714
paullucas714 topcommenter

@Bombadil @paullucas714 he started predetating her when she was 15. 90 days in jail for unlawful sex is a slap in the face. This guy was a Teacher. he knows better. But he did it anyway. This is willful and more egregious die to him being in a position of trust. The slap n the face is to the victim and society

Bombadil
Bombadil

@paullucas714predetating - is that even a word or are you just making stuff up? 

What he did was have non-forcible relationship with a 17 year old. yes, that is very wrong for a teacher and he should have known better. But to put him in jail for that is a waste of tax money, money that could be used in better places, like actually preventing actual sexual abuse. 

For her to sue for her own willing actions as a 17-year old is ridiculous.

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