Police will not be filing criminal charges against an El Cajon Valley High School teacher who was placed on administrative leave after accusations of employee misconduct were made, but a district investigation is ongoing.
Melissa Drake was first placed on administrative leave on May 16, when claims of misconduct were made against her. She was moved to unpaid leave on Tuesday and the Grossmont Unified School District (GUSD) is continuing its investigation into the allegations, the district said.
GUSD did not provide any detail about the nature of the alleged misconduct but said they immediately contacted law enforcement.
The El Cajon Police Department (ECPD) said they have concluded their investigation and no criminal charges will be filed.
In 2016 Drake was awarded the Golden Apple Award, which recognizes outstanding teachers selected by the El Cajon Valley High School student body.
NBC 7 learned that in addition to her English teacher duties, Drake is also an advisor for the Associated Student Body clubs and activities.
Lopez and other students, former and current, never expected the English teacher to be under investigation for misconduct.
"She’s very nice, helps us out with anything we need. I never expected this from her," said Alex Lopez, one of Drake's students.
The district said if any misconduct is found it will take appropriate action, which could include dismissal.
On May 3, NBC 7 reported on another teacher within the Grossmont Union High School District that was accused of inappropriate conduct with a student.
Granite Hills High School teacher Ral Christman resigned amid allegations of sexting with an underage student.
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department launched an investigation.
On April 20, Christman was placed on administrative leave. Ten days later he resigned. No criminal charges have been filed in that case.