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San Diego teacher arrested amid sexual misconduct allegations

The district confirmed the arrest of 54-year-old Gerald Lopez on Wednesday
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A Grossmont Union High District teacher is arrested as he faces felony and misdemeanor charges. 

The district confirmed the arrest of 54-year-old Gerald Lopez on Wednesday, a teacher who faces sexual misconduct allegations charged against him since mid-June. The reports were then sent to authorities and Child Welfare Services. 

The Grossmont school district says it did not hesitate to conduct a "prompt and thorough" investigation on the matter. 

El Cajon's police department notified Grossmont's district about the arrest on Wednesday, providing a heads-up to the district about the arrest of its 54-year-old former employee. 

According to officials, the arrest charges involve possessing obscene sexual content of a minor, and also a misdemeanor felony of molesting an underage victim. 

The Grossmont Union High District released a statement regarding the teacher's firing as a result of these sexual misconduct felonies. The district also expressed its gratitude to El Cajon Police for their contribution to this investigation. 

“As a result, the employee no longer works for the Grossmont Union High School District,” the statement said. "We thank our partners in the El Cajon Police Department for their efforts to keep our schools and community safe," the school district added.

The district also emphasized its commitment to keeping its school environment completely safe from any inappropriate actions. In the same statement, the district makes it clear that they condemn such actions that put their students in harm's way. 

“There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our students. We condemn all acts of sexual misconduct, take all such allegations very seriously, and are committed to taking swift and appropriate action to ensure the safety of our students just as we’ve done in this case,” the district said in its statement.

According to El Cajon Police Department, there were no additional victims found in this case.