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Firth Gets 3 Years In Prison For Molestations

by The Editors on April 26, 2010

100426Firth T352Raymond Firth, the former Pacific Rim Elementary School school teacher who plead guilty to “sexual battery involving two girls in his second- and third-grade classes” on March 19, 2010, was sentenced to three years and eight month in prison today (April 26, 2010) according to a story on SignOn San Diego.

Firth, who had been free on bond, was taken into custody after the sentencing hearing in Vista Superior Court. . . Some of the parents of the young victims spoke at the hearing, saying they had mixed feelings about Firth’s sentence because they think there may have been more victims.

[Link: SignOn San Diego]


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]


Accused Teacher Must Stand Trial

by The Editors on June 2, 2009

Raymond Firth, 37, a teacher who taught at Carlsbad’s Pacific Rim Elementary from March 2000 to October 2007 must stand trial for allegedly molesting two of his students, according to a story in The Coast News.

Firth. . .is charged with four counts of committing a lewd act upon a child stemming from reports by two former students dating back to August 2007. An allegation that he committed the act against more than one victim is attached to the charges.

The two victims were reportedly girls in his third-grade class. According to the story, Firth is in jail on $250,000 bail. And is scheduled to appear in court on June 25, 2009 for a readiness conference. The trial is set to start on October 20, 2009.

[Link: The Coast News]


Teacher’s Molestation Trail Set For January

by The Editors on October 29, 2009

A trial date of January 12, 2010 has been set for Raymond Lewis Firth, 38, in charges related to the alleged molestation of three third-grade students at the Pacific Rim Elementary School during the 2006-07 and 2007-08 school years, according to a story in the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Firth faced charges Tuesday in Vista Superior Court in connection with allegations by one of the three students. He pleaded not guilty, posted $450,000 bail and is free pending trial in January, Mok said. . . After a third student came forward during the summer with allegations of molestation, the District Attorney’s Office filed additional charges in August, Mok said. In the second case, he is charged with two counts of committing lewd conduct upon a minor under 14. . . . If found guilty on all counts, Firth faces up to 18 years in state prison, Mok said.

[Link: San Diego Union-Tribune and North County Times]