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Former High School Teacher Accused of Multiple Sex Assaults Including Student Victims

Sheriff's deputies arrested a former high school teacher for multiple counts of sexual assault and say two of his six victims were students.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department took Dustin Sniff, 38, into custody on May 15. Sniff, a former teacher at Christian High School in El Cajon, faces multiple counts of sexual assault and sexual assault of a minor.

The SDSO says Sniff assaulted at least six victims between the ages of 16 and 22 years old. According to the department, two of those victims were students.

Sniff faces 11 felony counts, including forcible rape, forcible oral copulation, oral copulation of a person under 18, sexual penetration by foreign object, and contacting a minor with intent to commit a sexual offense.

  • Ct. 1 & 2 - September 1, 2007 and August 31, 2008
  • Ct. 3 - January 23, 2009
  • Ct. 4 - December 1, 2009 and February 28, 2010
  • Ct. 5, 6, 7 - December 1, 2009 and March 31, 2010
  • Ct. 8, 9, 10 - October 1, 2016 and October 31, 2016
  • Ct. 11 - September 1, 2016 and January 7, 2017

Deputies say all of the alleged assaults were non consensual in nature, and that no assaults occurred on school property. 

Some students knew Sniff through a website called Model Mayhem, the SDSO said. The department says Sniff also used the name Dustin Stevens.

An SDSO Lieutenant told NBC 7 investigators believe there could be more victims who haven't come forward.

Anyone with more information in the case is asked to call the sheriff's department's Sexual Assault Unit at (858) 285-6222.

One of Sniff's neighbors saw the moment he was hauled away from his home in handcuffs.

"Suddenly I saw seven to eight pick-up trucks came in when Dustin came and parked his car, and they told him to get out from the car and took him in handcuffs right away," Steve Ghosh said.

Other neighbors described Sniff as a religious person who is involved with church mission trips.

"I think it's unbelievable and I can't imagine that this guy with the four kids did all these things for so many years," a neighbor said.

Sniff is being held on $1,000,000 bail. His attorney asked to have the bail reduced, but the judge refused saying that because of his time span and the nature of the accusations the bail will stand. 

Christian High School is part of Christian Unified Schools located at 2100 Greenfield Drive in El Cajon.

No other information was available.

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