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Teacher accused of lewd conduct with student in Woodland

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A Woodland High School teacher has been arrested after he was accused of inappropriately touching a female student.

Scott Sorgent, 44, was taken into custody at the high school about 10 a.m. Friday, according to a Woodland Police Department news release. An officer and detective went to the high school after Woodland Joint Unified School District officials reported that they had learned a teacher had been accused of touching one of his female students in an inappropriate manner.

Further investigation by the officers found that the incident occurred after school Thursday, when Sorgent, a teacher in the high school’s technology program, allegedly touched the student in a lewd manner and made suggestive comments about her body, the news release said.

Sorgent was arrested on suspicion of a felony, committing a lewd act on a child 14 or 15 years old when the perpetrator is at least 10 years older than the victim. He was booked into Yolo County Jail.

Callie Lutz, a spokeswoman for the Woodland Joint Unified School District, said Sorgent, who was in his first year at the high school campus, was placed on paid administrative leave.

Interim Superintendent Tom Pritchard said in a written statement: “The safety of our students is our number one priority. We began working closely with local law enforcement on an investigation once the allegation was reported.”

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy