Parents React to Teacher's Possible Return

By Monica Dean
|  Thursday, Jan 28, 2010  |  Updated 7:00 AM PDT
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Family members of a teenager who accused his former teacher and godmother of molestation are planning to hold a rally to protest  the woman they call a rapist.

Sunnyslope Elementary School once employed Carmina Lopez, 33, who was once accused of having sex with the boy who was her former student.

On Monday, a jury acquitted Lopez on ten counts of child molestation, and another charge of providing drugs to a minor. It was a unanimous verdict.

Lopez taught for five years, at three elementary schools in the South Bay Union School District. Now that the she's been found not guilty she has said she'd like to go back to teaching.

Lopez's attorney says his client has been on unpaid leave since last year when charges were filed.

Parents of Sunnyslope students have mixed opinions. Some are concerned with the testimony about drugs, alcohol and sex even though Lopez was found not guilty others say Lopez's reputation as an excellent teacher is reason enough to trust her in the classroom.

"Even though she was acquitted , if she was even accused, I don't want anybody accused of doing something wrong with a child around my children," said parent Amber Ortiz.

Parent Monique Flores felt differently, "People are accused for many different reasons. It doesn't mean they're guilty even in the least," she said.

The family of the accusor plans to be outside Sunnyslope this morning along with other supporters -- holding signs and singing.

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