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Foothill Farms middle school teacher charged with sex acts with student

Mysti Moriah Lingenfelter, left, is arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court with her attorney Shannon Baker in Sacramento on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Lingenfelter, a teacher on leave from her job at Foothill Ranch Middle School, was arraigned on charges that she allegedly performed lewd acts with a 14-year-old who was her student in the 2011-12 school year.
Mysti Moriah Lingenfelter, left, is arraigned in Sacramento Superior Court with her attorney Shannon Baker in Sacramento on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Lingenfelter, a teacher on leave from her job at Foothill Ranch Middle School, was arraigned on charges that she allegedly performed lewd acts with a 14-year-old who was her student in the 2011-12 school year. rbenton@sacbee.com

A Foothill Farms middle school teacher was charged Tuesday with felony counts of lewd acts with a minor after being accused of engaging in oral sex in her classroom and on a camping trip with one of her students, according to the complaint detailed in Sacramento Superior Court.

Mysti Moriah Lingenfelter, who remains on administrative leave from Foothill Ranch Middle School, appeared in court Tuesday morning but did not enter a plea. The teacher, 35, is scheduled to return to court Feb. 3.

Superior Court Judge Laurel White recited the District Attorney’s Office complaint filed against Lingenfelter. It outlined five felony charges against a victim identified only as “Troy P.” The encounters occurred over an 11-month period that ended June 30, 2012, when he was 15.

Two of the five incidents of oral copulation occurred in Lingenfelter’s classroom, according to the complaint. Two others are alleged to have occurred on a two-night camping trip in either Placer or El Dorado County in June 2012. An exact location in Sacramento County for a fifth count was not disclosed.

The Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office is prosecuting all five counts, include the two allegations believed to have occurred in another county. The victim told investigators that the campsite was near Lake Tahoe, but he did not know the exact location, said Shelly Orio, district attorney’s spokeswoman.

California law allows a prosecutor to seek jurisdiction when a crime occurs in more than one county, Orio said.

White said if Lingenfelter is convicted, she would have to register as a sex offender in California and submit a blood sample for an AIDS test.

Outside the courtroom before the hearing, Lingenfelter declined to comment, saying she was advised against it by her attorney, Shannon Baker of Sacramento.

Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department deputies were alerted to allegations against Lingenfelter in May, about four years after prosecutors say the episodes began. Twin Rivers Unified School District Assistant Superintendent Gina Carreon said the district placed Lingenfelter on paid administrative leave the same month.

Last week, Lingenfelter was arrested and released on bail.

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