Former Teacher Pleads Guilty To Sexual Battery

by The Editors on March 31, 2010

Former Pacific Rim Elementary School teacher Raymond Firth (click here for previous coverage) pleaded guilty March 19, 2020 to “sexual battery involving two girls in his second- and third-grade classes in school years starting in 2006 and 2007. He also admitted to one count of false imprisonment involving a third girl,” according to a story in the North County Times.

Firth has agreed to a three-year, eight-month prison term when he is sentenced April 26. The Carlsbad resident remains free on $450,000 bond. . . In exchange for the guilty plea, prosecutors agreed to dismiss the six counts of child molestation —- lewd and lascivious acts on a child under 14 —- they had filed against Firth. . . “This is a plea that we came to after consulting with the victims,” said Deputy District Attorney Kelly Mok, who prosecuted the case. “Considering the facts and the victim input, we felt this was appropriate.”

According to an email received at parents of students at Pacific Rim Elementary are not happy about the way the school nor the district handled the case. One parent said this:

He was a 3rd grade teacher at Pacific Rim Elementary and they have not told any of the parents who had kids in his classes. They have tried to keep the story quiet. We were told not to discuss it. We know there are other victims who won’t come forward to press charges. We also believe there are victims out there who don’t know enough to come forward, whose parents have not been told. The last victim to come forward only came forward after the parents read about it in The Coast News and then asked their child. Some of these kids don’t realize what he did was wrong until they get to the 5th grade and learn about the human body and what is inappropriate.

Firth is currently free on a $450,000 bond.

[Link: North County Times]

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