A former Simi Valley English teacher pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Ventura Municipal Court to charges that she had sexual relations with a 16-year-old male student.
The teacher, Carol Dougherty, resigned her position at Royal High School on Dec. 20 after learning from school officials of a complaint brought against her that day by the mother of the student, according to Harold Lipman, associate superintendent of the Simi Valley School District.
Charges were filed against Dougherty, 43, on Tuesday after school officials told police of the mother's accusation that her son was having a relationship with a teacher, Ventura County Deputy Dist. Atty. Chuck Campbell said. Dougherty was charged with eight counts of oral copulation with a minor. The alleged incidents occurred in November and December.
Surrendered at Courthouse
Dougherty, who was arrested after surrendering at the courthouse, was released on her own recognizance after promising to avoid further contact with the student, Campbell said. A preliminary hearing was scheduled for Jan. 22.