Thursday, October 28th, 2010 at 8:07 pm in Uncategorized.
Michael Merrick, 47, a popular teacher at Stanley Middle School, was arrested this week after a 14-year-old student told police she had been molested by him.
Merrick was officially arrested on suspicion of committing lewd and lascivious acts on a child, having unnatural sexual interest in a child, communication with a minor in order to commit a crime, showing lewd material to a minor, and distributing harmful material to a child.
Merrick had been a private tutor for the student, and the alleged sexual contact is believed to have taken place at the school.
Police were able to view Merrick’s phone history, which revealed as many as 140 text messages to the victim per day. The text messages were often of a sexual nature.
Merrick is currently in Contra Costa County Jail after his bail was set at $3.05 million.