Charges on hold for teacher accused of molestation

CHULA VISTA (CNS) – No charges were filed Wednesday as prosecutors continued
to review the case against a Chula Vista High School “teacher of the year”
nominee accused of carrying on a several-year sexual relationship with an
underage student.

Detectives arrested Terrance Lee Smith, 32, at a Sweetwater Union High
School District office on Monday morning.

Ten days earlier, the alleged victim reported the purported crimes,
saying they had occurred between 2006 and 2008, starting when she was 16, Capt.
Gary Wedge said.

Investigators believe that Smith, a ninth-grade English instructor, may
have engaged in similar illegal acts with at least one other student, though no
additional alleged victims have been identified.

Smith — held in lieu of $350,000 bail — was expected to be released
from custody as prosecutors determined what, if any, charges to file.

Smith was one of 42 local educators nominated for one of the county's
five 2012-13 teacher-of-the-year awards. He was not among the winners, who were
named this month.

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