Two teachers, Melody Lippert and Michelle Ghirelli, have been arrested after they were caught having sex with their male students during a field trip.
38-year-old, Melody Lippert of the South Hills High School met up with a group of students at a beach in San Clemente in November of last year. According to police report, Melody Lippert got the students drunk before engaging in sexual acts with one of them.
Several weeks later, Lippert planned an overnight camping trip at the same beach involving Ghirelli and several of the students who attended the previous one. Both teachers allegedly had sexual relations with two students on the trip, which was not a school or district-sponsored event, police said in a statment.
Lippert, who teaches at the high school, was arrested Saturday, January 17 on suspicion of conspiracy and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to police statement. Ghirelli, a district teacher, was also arrested Saturday on suspicion of oral copulation and unlawful sex with a minor.
Both were booked into Orange County Jail. Lippert was held on $20,000 bail, while Ghirelli’s was set at $50,000.
The pair was released on bond in the early morning of Sunday, January 18 and expected to be arraigned Wednesday, January 21.