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February 4, 2015: Former Teacher Charged with Sexually Molesting Student

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A former English teacher at an elite private girl’s school has been charged with having a sexual relationship with a female student for more than a year, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Joseph Koetters (dob 8/14/67) is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday at the Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Department 30 in case BA433370. The case was filed for arrest warrant on Tuesday. Koetters was booked and released on $140,000 bail today.

The case is being prosecuted by the Sex Crimes Division.

Koetters taught English at the Marlborough School in Hancock Park when he allegedly initiated a yearlong sexual relationship with a 16-year-old female student in 2000. The victim reported the incident to police in July 2014 after learning about other alleged victims through a blog post on the Internet.

The Santa Monica resident is charged with two counts each of oral copulation of a person under 18 and sexual penetration by a foreign object.

If convicted, Koetters faces up to five years in state prison.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.

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