Calif. Teacher Charged With Unlawful Sexual Intercourse With Former Fifth-Grade Student

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LOS ANGELES — A 53-year-old man has been charged with having unlawful sexual intercourse with one of his former fifth-grade students.

Sean David Sigler, 53, of Burbank pleaded not guilty to a total of 21 felony charges including: five counts of oral copulation of person under 18; four counts of using a minor for sex acts; three counts each of unlawful sexual intercourse of a person under 16 and sodomy of a person under 18; two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse of a person under 18.

The felony charges also include one count each of sodomy of a person under 16, oral copulation of a person under 16, sexual penetration by foreign object of a person under 16 and possession of over 600 images of child or youth pornography.

Sigler also is charged with one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The criminal complaint alleges the crimes occurred between September 2016 and December 2017. The alleged crimes began when the victim was 15 years old.

The victim “reported having a recent sexual encounter with an adult male who she first met while in the fifth grade at Gardner Street Elementary School in the city of Los Angeles,” Burbank police Sgt. Derek Green said. “There is no information to suggest any of the alleged incidents occurred in a Burbank school. At this time, the allegations against Sigler appear to be isolated and there is no information to suggest there are other victims or any students at risk.”

If convicted as charged, Sigler faces a possible maximum sentence of more than 16 years in state prison. Bail is set at $550,000.