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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: Any updates in case of former Davis teacher accused of sex crime?

Q: Last November, The Bee told of a Davis junior high school teacher who was being investigated for sexual battery on a 16-year-old boy. His name was John O’Brien, 40. Whatever happened to this charge?

Laurette, Sacramento

A: John O’Brien is charged with inappropriately touching a 16-year-old male student.

According to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office website, his next court appearance is Monday, for an early disposition conference. A trial readiness conference is scheduled for Aug. 3, with a jury trial set for Aug. 10.

O’Brien, who was a teacher at Harper Junior High School, was arrested in November after what Davis police said was a lengthy investigation that began when they received a report about him in September.

Davis Joint Unified School District officials said the alleged incidents did not occur on campus.

O’Brien was placed on unpaid administrative leave, pending dismissal proceedings. The school board voted to accept his resignation in January. According to a story in The Sacramento Bee, O’Brien agreed to resign for a payment of $37,000, which was a portion of his unused sick leave.

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