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Fullerton Teacher Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Melissa Lindgren, a 28-year-old eighth-grade teacher at Nicolas Junior High School in Fullerton, admitted felony sexual misconduct with two male students, according to the school district. She was arrested Feb. 21, 2014, and charged with multiple felonies, according to police.

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A teacher accused of molesting and sending sexual messages to three boys she met while working at a junior high school in Fullerton pleaded not guilty in court on Wednesday.

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Melissa Lindgren appears in court on Wednesday, April 9, 2014. (Credit: Pool)

Melissa Lindgren, 28, of La Mirada, allegedly sent sexual text and smartphone messages to the boys — who were between the ages of 13 and 15 years old — for nearly two years, the Orange County District Attorney’s office stated in a news release.

Two of the boys had allegedly been molested by Lindgren in a classroom at Nicolas Junior High School where she was working as a math teacher. She was accused of sexually assaulting the third victim in a car, the news release stated.

One of the victims reported the alleged crime, and Lindgren was arrested on Feb. 21 following a police investigation.

“This occurrence is in direct conflict of Fullerton School District’s zero-tolerance policy on staff misconduct, where the district’s teachers, faculty and staff are held to a higher standard,” according to a statement from the district.

Lindgren has been placed on administrative leave, according to the district, which described the incident as “isolated.”

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Melissa Lindgren is seen in a booking photo. (Credit: Fullerton Police Department)

After being booked, Lindgren posted $100,000 bail and was released.

Lindgren has been charged with five counts of lewd acts on a child, two counts of lewd acts on a child under the age of 14, three counts of distributing pornography to a minor, and faces a sentencing enhancement allegation for lewd acts on multiple children, according to the DA’s office.

Lindgren’s next court date was scheduled for June 13.

If convicted on all counts, Lindgren could face up to 16 years and 4 months in prison.

Two days after the arrest of an eighth-grade teacher suspected of sexual misconduct with students, a parent meeting was held at Nicolas Junior High School on Monday evening.

Melissa-Lindgren-FullertonMelissa Lindgren, a 28-year-old teacher at Nicolas Junior High School, was arrested Friday, within five hours of the school district discovering the allegations, according to police.

She allegedly sent nude photos of herself to at least one student and had inappropriate sexual conduct with two male students, police and the Fullerton Unified School District stated.

Lindgren, a La Mirada resident, was charged with felony child molestation, child annoyance and the dissemination of harmful matter to a minor, Fullerton police announced Saturday. She posted $100,000 bail was set to be arraigned April 9, police said.

She was taken into custody after “admitting felony sexual misconduct with two male students,” the school district stated.

Lindgren allegedly had sexual contact with at least two students on campus, in a classroom, according to a source familiar with the investigation who asked not to be identified.

Geovanny Romero, a former student, said he wasn’t surprised by the allegations.

“She used to be a little flirty sometimes with the other male students,” Romero said. “She would kind of joke about going on dates with some students.”

But the mother of a female student of Lindgren said there were no indications anything was amiss.

“The impression of her was completely, just, another teacher. No feeling of pedophile, weirdo whatsoever,” said parent Yvette Taylor.

The alleged sexual misconduct was reported by “two brave students,” the school district said in a statement on the “unfortunate situation” that was posted on its website.

“If a staff member acts contrary to policy, it is the district’s goal that students have the resources, and strength, to report untoward behavior of any kind and those reports are investigated quickly,” the district stated. “In this unfortunate and unlawful situation, the students’ complaint was thoroughly investigated and swift action was taken.”

Lindgren was placed on administrative leave, the district stated.

KTLA’s Eric Spillman and Chip Yost contributed to this article.

An eighth-grade teacher in Fullerton has been arrested after allegedly being involved in inappropriate sexual behavior with two students, authorities said.

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Melissa Lindgren is seen in a booking photo. (Credit: Fullerton Police Department)

Melissa Lindgren, 28, of La Mirada was taken into custody on Friday and charged with several felony counts, including child molestation, child annoyance and “dissemination of harmful matter to a minor,” the Fullerton Police Department said in a statement.

Lindgren admitted to the inappropriate behavior, which was reported by two “brave” students, according to a statement issued by the Fullerton School District.

Nicolas Junior High School officials contacted police, and detectives responded to the campus; a joint investigation was then conducted.

Lindgren was arrested within five hours of the school district discovering the allegations. After being booked, she posted $100,000 bail and was released.

Her arraignment is scheduled for April 9 at the North Justice Center in Fullerton.

“This occurrence is in direct conflict of Fullerton School District zero-tolerance policy on staff misconduct, where the District’s teachers, faculty and staff are held to a higher standard,” according to the district’s statement.

Lindgren has been placed on administrative leave, said the district, which described the incident as “isolated.”

A parent meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday at the school.

The investigation is ongoing.

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