Former Whitney Oaks teacher pleads guilty to sex with student

Matthew Yamamoto Credit: Rocklin Police

Matthew Yamamoto
Credit: Rocklin Police

ROCKLIN, CA –A former Whitney High School teacher pleaded guilty on Wednesday to having an inappropriate sexual relationship with a student.

Thirty-three-year-old Matthew Scott Yamamoto pleaded guilty to four felony counts with several minor counts being dismissed.

Yamamoto was arrested last September for having a sexual relationship with a student at Whitney Oaks High School. According to reports, days before his arrest the district was scheduled to name him Teacher of the Year.

Yamamoto pleaded no contest to oral copulation with a minor, attempted sexual intercourse with a minor and sexual penetration on a minor. He pleaded guilty to one felony count of conspiracy to obstructing justice.

While several misdemeanor charges were dropped, the facts regarding those charges can be taken into consideration when it comes to sentencing.

Sentencing is scheduled for November 19 in Placer County Superior Court.

Yamamoto is facing up to five years in state prison, and may be required to register as a sex offender. Protection Status



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