CHS cafeteria worker pleads no contest, gets one year in jail

A Claremont High School cafeteria worker accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male student has accepted a plea agreement with Los Angeles County prosecutors.

Vanessa Antonia Tinoco appeared in Pomona court on Monday and entered a plea of no contest to unlawful sexual intercourse. Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Wade Olsen sentenced the 33-year-old to three-years formal probation with a three-year suspended prison sentence. Ms. Tinoco will serve one-year in county jail and must register as a sex offender upon her release. The court also issued a stay-away order of protection for the victim.

Deputy District Attorney Kelsey McKeever-Unger prosecuted the case.

Claremont police arrested the food service assistant on October 6 after someone who had become concerned about the interactions between the two alerted school authorities. The Los Angeles County District quickly filed two felony counts against the Pomona resident—oral copulation of a person under 18 and unlawful sexual intercourse.

One count of oral copulation of a person under 18 was dismissed as part of the plea deal.

According to police, the Ms. Tinoco had been communicating with the teen for approximately the last year and said she had sex once with the student in an undisclosed location in the city of Pomona. The felony complaint states the alleged crimes took place on or between August 1, 2014 and October 7, 2014.

Ms. Tinoco remains in custody at Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, CA.

Her attorney was unable to be reached for comment.

—Angela Bailey


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