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Sheldon High teacher accused of inappropriate communications with students

A Sheldon High School physical education teacher was arrested Monday, accused of engaging in inappropriate communications with two 17-year-old students.

Elk Grove Unified School District officials reported to the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department allegations involving 42-year-old John Misplay and a 17-year-old female student.

After an extensive investigation sheriff’s detectives determined that Misplay had inappropriately communicated with two 17-year-old students, sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Tony Turnbull said.

Misplay turned himself in Monday. He was booked on suspicion of annoying or molesting a child younger than 18 and subsequently released on bail. He will be arraigned on the two misdemeanor counts April 7, according to Sacramento Superior Court online records.

The Elk Grove Unified School District issued a news release Tuesday that reported Misplay’s arrest and stated that he is on leave from the district. District officials said they are cooperating and coordinating with law enforcement in the investigation.

“When a complaint of misconduct of an employee is reported, the school and district take swift and decisive action to remove the employee from work, investigate the matter and ensure that students continue learning in a safe environment,” Xanthi Pinkerton, the district’s director of communications, said in a written statement.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy