Spanish Teacher Arrested for Unlawful Sexual Act With Student

Toni Sutton was taken from campus by police for questioning and later arrested

A Crawford High School teacher was arrested on suspicion of engaging in an unlawful sexual act with a student, San Diego police announced.

Just before the last bell Thursday, Toni Sutton, a 37-year-old female Spanish teacher and volleyball coach, was taken from CHS to the police department for questioning.

Police said on Thursday, a parent contacted them about her son's relationship with an adult family friend. The parent had discovered inappropriate communication between the woman and the boy, who is under 18 and a CHS student.

Detectives said evidence led them to suspect Sutton. After questioning, she was taken into custody late Thursday on one count of engaging in an unlawful sexual act with a person under 18.

The district has placed her on paid administrative leave, pending the investigation's outcome. 

"She was surprised when she called me this afternoon and said she was going to the police station," said Ben, the teacher's boyfriend of six years.

The couple has three children in the home they share just five minutes from the school.

"If this is about children, isn't this some kind of abuse? They're taking the mom from the daugther," said Ben.

Witnesses said the teacher was walked out of the building by police officers.

"I did like her. She has a great relationship with all the kids," said Leietta Rabb, a member of the school's volleyball team.

The district said no other teachers are involved in the investigation.

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