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Two San Diego County Teachers Arrested

Two San Diego County teachers from different schools were arrested Wednesday in connection with separate alleged sex related crimes.

Hoover High Associate Principal Facing Charges

An associate principal at Hoover High School was arrested Wednesday on child pornography charges, and he's accused of sending sexual images to a minor, according to the San Diego Police Department.

Charles De Freitas, 41, faces charges of distributing lewd content to a minor and possession of child pornography, SDPD says. De Freitas has worked for the San Diego Unified School District for more than 13 years and has worked at Hoover High since June 2022.

Before his time at Hoover, he taught at the San Diego School of Creative and Performing Arts.

Because of De Freitas' access to and involvement with children, detectives are looking for other potential victims," SDPD's press release says.

SDPD says it began investigating De Freitas after a minor told police the associate principal had sent and requested illicit images through a social media app.

De Freitas was booked into the Central Detention Facility. Several of his electronic devices were seized with a search warrant, and detectives will analyze them for more evidence connected to child sexual abuse material.

De Freitas' arraignment was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 28, at the San Diego Superior Court downtown.

Mount Carmel High School Teacher Arrested

A Mt. Carmel High School teacher was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting a student, San Diego Police announced Thursday.

According to SDPD officials, 40-year-old Stacy Michelle Walker was taken into custody by the department’s Sex Crimes Unit on March 20 and booked into Las Colinas Jail. Walker was being held on $405,000 bail.

Walker faces 17 felony charges, including luring a minor for sexual purposes, sodomy, oral copulation of a minor and sexual penetration of a minor with a foreign object.

Officials stated the alleged assault took place from 2017-2019, and officials said Walker “began engaging the 15-year-old victim in conversations that became sexual in nature. The victim and suspect then exchanged numerous photographs, videos, and explicit text messages. Walker also met with the victim several times and engaged in various sex acts. Police say the sexual assaults continued until after the victim turned 18-years-old.”

Walker was being held on $400,000 pending her arraignment in a downtown San Diego courtroom on Friday afternoon.

(Photo Hall of Justice courtesy of San Diego Superior Court)

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