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CUSD cafeteria worker resigns after plea deal for sex with minor

Vanessa Tinoco, the Claremont High School cafeteria worker accused of having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old male student, has formally resigned from her position with the Claremont Unified School District.

The former lunch lady submitted her letter of resignation on February 5 and received ratification from the Board of Education during a meeting held on February 19.

“Ms. Tinoco is no longer with the district,” confirmed Kevin Ward, CUSD Assistant Superintendent, Human Resources.

The Pomona resident plead no contest to unlawful sexual intercourse after entering into a plea agreement with Los Angeles County prosecutors in December 2014. As part of the plea deal, the court dismissed one count of oral copulation of a person under 18 against the accused.

Los Angeles Superior Court Commissioner Wade Olsen issued a stay-away order of protection for the victim and sentenced Ms. Tinoco to three-years formal probation with a three-year suspended prison sentence. The 33-year-old will serve one-year in county jail, with credit for time served, and must register as a sex offender upon her release.

Ms. Tinoco remains in custody at Century Regional Detention Facility in Lynwood, CA and is scheduled for release on March 30.

Claremont police arrested the food service assistant in October 2014 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 Ms. Tinoco—oral copulation of a person under 18 and unlawful sexual intercourse.

—Angela Bailey

news@claremont-courier.com

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