Michael Jay Granger, High School Teacher, Accused of Sexual Contact with Teen Girl

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Michael Jay Granger
The parents of a sophomore at University High School in Irvine found a series of disturbing texts between their daughter and English teacher Michael Jay Granger, according to Irvine Police.

That led to a police investigation that discovered through social media that Granger's relationship with the girl was stated to be sexual, the department claims.

Thirty-two-year-old Granger was booked into Orange County Jail late Monday night for alleged lewd conduct with a child and held on $100,000 bail.

According to a statement from Lt. Julia Engen, the Irvine Police spokeswoman, Granger has had contact with the girl since the beginning of the school year, in September 2013 when she was 15.

Engen added the Irvine Police Department is working closely with the Irvine Unified School District on the case and asks anyone with information to contact Detective John Sanders at 949.724.7244 or via email at jsanders@cityofirvine.org.

Granger has been put on leave at Uni High, where he has taught since 2004, according to Irvine Unified School District spokesman Ian Hanigan, who adds the instructor has led social science and leadership classes in addition to English.

"This allegation is deeply concerning and one we're taking very seriously,'' Hanigan told City News Service.

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JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

If that isn't a deer in headlights mugshot, I don't know what is 


Steve SanFilipo
Steve SanFilipo

I dig your kid's Dora the Explorer hair cut, Rich. I hope she still has that look when she's 15. I bet her teachers will enjoy "functioning" in her hair.

Christy Adam Moskovitz
Christy Adam Moskovitz

I'm a parent and I'm in education, dipsh*t. And anyone under 18 is off limits. It's just the f*cking law, Woody Allen. They're still tight when they're eighteen and only a complete lech goes the extra 3 years down.

Kit Hope
Kit Hope

Leadership classes - great.

Jose Alday
Jose Alday

Its Irvine Hell be off with nothing

Christy Adam Moskovitz
Christy Adam Moskovitz

Omg. TEACHERS: EVEN IF you aren't repulsed by statutory rape or the idea that that is someone's (obviously sad) little girl (or boy), shouldn't the eventual inevitability of GETTING CAUGHT be enough of a deterrent to stop doing this sh*t?!

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

My grandma had sexual contact with her high school math teacher and the result became generations of college professors, school teachers, a doctor, two CEOs, a banker, a spec ops war hero, social workers, accountants, musicians, and a great culture of charity and giving passed down by grandma.

kuboakuboa
kuboakuboa

I'm quite sure the teacher involved is not the one who "stated" that there was sexual contact. The student's social media networks were analyzed and the student, it seems (according to multiple reports) had made statements in that vein. It remains completely unproven that such contact actually took place. There are myriad possibilities besides the conclusions one can most easily jump to.

20ftjesus
20ftjesus topcommenter

You'd think a teacher would have enough common sense NOT to publicly broadcast that he was doing the nasty with a student. 

kuboakuboa
kuboakuboa

"They're still tight when they're eighteen." Talk about a creep. You win that award, pervert

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@JGlanton I can't imagine my math teacher Mr. Kilgore having sex with anyone, even his wife. And I knew their son!

ConcernedMom
ConcernedMom

@kuboakuboa  a "series of text messages" means it went both ways.  I can't imagine he would have been arrested had the police only seen a one-sided set of unfounded accusations.  Nevertheless, innocent until proven otherwise!

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

@kuboakuboa It's too late now. Guilty or innocent, his picture is in the paper and he's smeared for life.

kuboakuboa
kuboakuboa

Actually, one can be arrested for little to no reason. Check out the history of racial profiling in this country. You understand the presumption of innocence issue, I concede. But you fail to see that you are still rushing to judgment on a micro level

kuboakuboa
kuboakuboa

You haven't read the article very closely

kuboakuboa
kuboakuboa

Perhaps you're right, but that only shows how based the news media is against the accused and in favor of the accuser (erroneously labeled a "victim" despite there having been no charges files, no indictment, let alone a conviction).

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@JGlanton @kuboakuboa Adult teachers shouldn't be texting 15 year old girls for any reason.  

He's a creeper for having contact with her outside the professional relationship of teacher student.  

He's going to learn that 15 will get you 20.

whateveryousay
whateveryousay topcommenter

@kuboakuboa I would argue that a grown man having sexty texty with a 15 year old has flawed logic.

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