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Police Arrest San Jose Music Teacher For Sexually Assaulting Teenage Student

A San Jose music teacher was arrested Friday for sexually assaulting a teenage student over a three-year period, police said.

Samuel Neipp, 34, of Gilroy, was taken into custody at Dartmouth Middle School. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Jail and faces a slew of charges, including lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under 14 years of age, oral copulation, possession of child pornography and extortion, according to police.

Police believe Niepp used his position of authority to exploit his victim, who was 13 at the time, into a three-year sexual relationship. He then also threatened to post nude photos of the victim, police said.

Alongside teaching music at Dartmouth Middle School, Niepp is the assistant band director at Branham High School.

People with information about the case are asked to call Detective Sgt. Brian Spears at 408-537-1397.

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