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Shorecliffs Teacher Faces 4th Sex Accusation

A former student contacts authorities after news reports of alleged incidents involving middle-school math teacher Richard Rack.

A fourth possible victim has come forward in the case against Shorecliffs Middle School math teacher , 50, who faces accusations of inappropriate sexual conduct with several middle school students, officials said Friday.

Rack, who was arrested June 6 on suspicion of acting inappropriately with girls younger than 14, was arrested again Thursday for allegedly having sex with a third girl. He had been under investigation since November and was placed on administrative leave by the school Dec. 1, said Orange County Sheriff’s officials.

The latest accuser contacted authorities “after news reports were coming out about Richard Rack,” said Sheriff’s Department spokesman Jim Amormino. “She mentioned she was a victim while she attended Shorecliffs Middle School a couple of years ago.”

The student no longer attends Shorecliffs, but is still being classified as a “14 and under” case. She was being interviewed by investigators Friday and no further details were provided.

Rack was in custody at Theo Lacy jail in Orange with bail set at $1 million, officials said.

The allegations arising from Jane Doe No. 1 were that Rack commented on a current student's figure, peeked down her blouse, hugged and kissed her on the forehead and asked her to wear lower-cut shirts, law enforcement officials have said.

Jane Doe No. 2, also a current student, alleges that Rack asked that she send nude photos of herself, which she did.

Jane Doe No. 3, a girl who has since left Shorecliffs, allegedly maintained a sexual affair with two years.

The details of what may have happened between Jane Doe No. 4 and Rack have not been publicized.

Authorities urge anyone with information or tips in the case to call 855-TIP-OCCS (855-847-6227) or submit tips online at www.occrimestoppers.org.

Denise Krane June 23, 2012 at 01:53 AM
CUEA could choose to put their resources into saving teachers jobs. Instead they will pay to defend this creep. Nice going!
Nancy June 23, 2012 at 02:28 AM
And you would politicize this? Ridiculous!
C June 23, 2012 at 06:05 AM
Seriously, Denise? You turn this into a union-bashing moment? Get a grip.
El Dopo June 23, 2012 at 08:16 AM
Jerry Brown appreciated your vote Denise.
Linda Schrab June 23, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Why are you attacking this lady? All she did was make an observation. Why don't you all make appropriate comments regarding this pathetic excuse for a teacher? Denise is exactly right, and I DID NOT vote for Jerry Brown, BTW.
jeff s June 23, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Let me get this right, this is the SECOND time in his career of sexual misconduct?!? What the hell Capo?!? You will be sued hard for your pathetic mismanagement....
Penny Arévalo (Editor) June 23, 2012 at 03:50 PM
No. He wasn't on any radar until Nov. 30, when he was questioned by deputies and taken away during the school day. He was then placed on administrative leave. During the investigation, Jane Doe Nos. 1 and 2 were discovered, and he was charged earlier this month with lesser crimes (child annoyance). In the execution of a search warrant, Jane Doe No. 3 was discovered. These accusations are more serious, as they involve sex with a minor. He was arrested this week again. Then a potential fourth victim came forward after the media published the reports. This all stems from the same investigation.
Nancy June 23, 2012 at 04:07 PM
I agree, we should be posting comments about the disgusting teacher. But don't you see that Krane instead takes the opportunity to go after the teachers' union with completely unsupported assumptions? More like sour grapes for being ousted off the school board. There are so many awful stories about twisted teachers and coaches this year (at both public and private schools). Hopefully, kids are feeling more empowered to report inappropriate behavior than they did 30 years ago.
Joy Robinson June 23, 2012 at 07:03 PM
Empowering our kids is the key to stopping this kind of behavior. There is a great personal empowerment safety education program called radKIDS, and GSN is hosting a course for girls this August. radKIDS is endorsed by the Elizabeth Smart Foundation & The Joyful Child Foundation in Memory of Samantha Runnion. www.GirlsSupportNetwork.org
Penny Arévalo (Editor) June 23, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Thanks for posting that, Joy. Here's a story I did when Erin Runnion came to town to teach parents how to help their kids ward off predators. http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/articles/samantha-runnions-mom-on-the-lookout-for-sexual-predators
Joy Robinson June 23, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Excellent article, Penny! We are working with Erin to bring more radKIDS courses to the area. She will be speaking at our parent meeting on 8/19 prior to the start of the course, which runs 8/20-24. As you know, part of the radKIDS curriculum is teaching kids what to do if an adult behaves inappropriately with them. It is critical for kids, especially girls, to be taught these skills in order to put a stop to predatory behavior.
El Dopo June 23, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Unions do not make hiring and firing decisions. NON-UNION school district executives do just like in the real world. Perhaps you should join us in it.
El Dopo June 23, 2012 at 08:55 PM
@Penny Arévalo. Aware parents and school workers had an eye on that guy for the last couple years. Note I said school workers and not school administrators. Somebody should be talking to the parents and lunch moms at Shorecliffs. Their radars were going off and they were talking about it among themselves.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) June 23, 2012 at 08:58 PM
They do, however, make it more difficult to fire an employee. According to a recent School Services report (they're a consultant to many school districts, including CUSD), a Senate Bill would make it easier for school districts to take action against teachers suspected of serious abuse: "SB 1530 would provide local educational agencies with the authority to immediately suspend an employee charged with 'serious/egregious' unprofessional conduct and would ensure that there is a fair and reasonable process that protects the rights of certificated employees." However, CTA opposes the bill. "[T]hey believe the bill punishes all educators, undermines their due process rights, and would not prevent alleged cases of sexual misconduct." School Services disagrees: "SB 1530 is about the safety of students, not about an unparalleled and intolerable level of protection for adults charged with the most egregious offenses against children. Furthermore, the bill provides an expedited dismissal process that is long overdue."
Penny Arévalo (Editor) June 23, 2012 at 09:01 PM
If that's true, how sad that they did not come forward earlier, don't you think? Certainly I've read comments here on Patch, the Register and Facebook which indicate students were aware of alleged inappropriateness.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) June 23, 2012 at 09:29 PM
Here's an article on three bills designed to protect children: http://www.scpr.org/blogs/education/2012/04/17/5646/three-misconduct-bills-be-discussed-sacramento/
bbq June 23, 2012 at 09:44 PM
Go SB 1530. Unbelievable that the CTA would oppose anything that would protect children!
Yeparoo June 24, 2012 at 12:48 AM
Penny - WOW. SB 1059 (pension nullification for convicted sex offenders) was voted 9-0 in committee. Glad to see this legislation received bipartisan support. Hopefully it will be passed and can be reconciled with the Assembly bill and signed by the Governor in time to apply to this Shorecliffs situation. Thanks for posting those relevant articles. Folks - Push your State Senator to vote YES on SB-1059 and Assemblyman to vote YES on AB-2028. TODAY Here is the link to find your legislators. Write an fast email TODAY: http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/yourleg.html
Denise Krane June 24, 2012 at 02:16 AM
When and how were parents at Shorecliffs notified of this "annoying" CUEA creep?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) June 24, 2012 at 02:27 AM
The night of the second arrest (Thursday), by School Loop.
Capo mom June 24, 2012 at 01:07 PM
$84,322.40 to work 9 months of the year and do this? How nice! Wonder what he did the rest of the year? You guys should have more curiosity. Mr. Rack was listed as salary step 12 in the 2010-11 school year. According to Penny, he was hired by CUSD in 2002. Do the math, people. Looks like he worked as a teacher somewhere else for a short time (hmmmmm...) and then came to our district as a math teacher. RACK, RICHARD J MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER CAPISTRANO UNIFIED District type ELEMENTARY Work site/Department SHORECLIFFS MIDDLE SCHOOL 2010-11 pay $84,322.40 Pay rank in district 1,093 Employed in 2009-10? YES 2009-10 pay $84,069.63 Employee details District-reported pay 2010-11 $70,398.00 Salary schedule TEACHER Salary step 12 Salary range or column B Full time status 100% Educational attainment BACHELOR OF ARTS http://www.ocregister.com/news/school-339746-year-pay.html
Dustin Tacquard June 24, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Hopefully someone inside theo lacy facility will get that creep, chomos deserve to die slow painful deaths!!!
Zoe Lindberg- Smith June 25, 2012 at 01:20 AM
I saw him get in that cop car. He always scared me. Going to different school because my mom feels it is unfit for me to attend
Capo mom June 25, 2012 at 03:38 AM
Penny, if I understand you correctly this guy was on CUSD's radar since last November enough to be put on administrative leave, and the first the community hears about it is now? Is he still being paid by CUSD?
Penny Arévalo (Editor) June 25, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Regarding if he's paid, why don't you ask Marcus Walton and ask? (See here: http://sanjuancapistrano.patch.com/articles/shorecliffs-teacher-arrested-on-suspicion-of-sex-with-student) His name and email address were at the bottom of the email message that went out. He is not responsive to questions from Patch. As far as being on the radar, yes, since Nov. 30. But the sheriff's department wasn't super forthcoming during the investigation. I did a Public Records Act request just to find out what laws were connected to the questioning Nov. 30, but the department declined my request. I don't know what CUSD officials knew. All I had were rumors, so I couldn't run with it.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) June 25, 2012 at 02:27 PM
It is against Patch's Terms of Use to use the comment threads for advertising. In addition, connected to this story, it's in very poor taste. Your comment has been deleted.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) June 28, 2012 at 05:02 PM
The bill died: http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_20956271/bill-making-it-easier-fire-teachers-dies-state?source=rss

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