Michelle Ghirelli and Melody Lippert are teachers at the same Orange County, California high school in who have been arrested and charged for alleged sex with male students. Allegedly, the sexual encounters took place at a party at San Clemente State Beach in in which the alleged victims were served alcohol.
The 38-year-old Melody Lippert (mug shot photo above, right) is an English teacher at South Hills High School in Covina, California (in the Los Angeles metro area), which is part of the Covina Valley Unified School District, according to the San Gabriel Valley Tribune, Her full name is Melody Suzanne Lipper.
The 30-year-old Michelle Ghirelli (mugshot photo above, left) is working on special assignment at the district office and has previously been a girls’ softball team coach at South Hills High School. Her full name is Michelle Louise Ghirelli.
According to the newspaper, quoting the Orange County sheriff’s department and Covina Valley Unified School District officials, both Michelle Ghirelli and Melody Lippert are alleged to have engaged in sexual conduct with male students. The alleged incidents took place last November during two different trips to San Clemente State Beach in Orange County.
The newspaper quotes from a statement from the O.C. sheriff’s department which alleges that Lippert also supplied alcohol to the students and that she “engaged in a sexual relationship with one of them.”
The statement notes that Lippert orchestrated an overnight camping trip several weeks later, also to the same location, San Clementa State Beach with Ghirelli and “several of the same high school students.” The statement further notes that during the trip ” Lippert and Ghirelli are suspected of engaging in sexual relations with two students.”
Michelle Ghirelli is alleged to have engaged in sexual activity with a male under the age of 18 and Melody Lippert allegedly had sexual involvement with a male 18 or older. The newspaper confirmed from a spokesperson from the Covina Valley Unified School District, that these trips were not sponsored by South Hills High School or by the district. The spokesperson also said that it was a fellow teacher who first reported the allegations against Michelle Ghirelli and Melody Lippert to district officials.
Both were arrested and booked into Orange County jail on the same day according to the newspaper. Melody Lippert was booked on suspicion of conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor and Michelle Ghirelli was booked on suspicion of oral copulation and unlawful sex with a minor.
The story is developing, as no additional details on the alleged crimes were released by authorities. Nonetheless, social media had erupted with reactions both in the local region and internationally due to the sensational nature of the allegations. Check back for updates on the story.
Photos: Michelle Ghirelli
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Photos: Melody Lippert
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