California high school ‘teacher of the year’ arrested for allegedly having sex with underage student: police
A California high school teacher has been arrested for allegedly having sex with an underage student, officials said.
Tracy Vanderhulst, 38, a teacher at Yucaipa High School, was arrested by authorities around 11 p.m. Thursday night. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office said it investigated the allegations Thursday and quickly identified her as the suspect.
Authorities have not disclosed whether the 16-year-old victim is still a student at Yucaipa High School.
According to Yucaipa High School’s Facebook page, Vanderhulst joined their faculty in 2013. She was recognized as Teacher of the Year in 2017.
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“She is the kind and innovative teacher that we hope our children will grow up to be; the educator who strives to engage all of her students, from her intervention classes to her specialization classes,” the Yucaipa quoted then/ Calimesa News Mirror.
Vanderhulst, who taught math at the school, was quickly incarcerated at San Bernardino Central Detention Center. Bail was set at $30,000.
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“Investigators and the Yucaipa Calimesa Unified School District have worked cooperatively to ensure a thorough investigation of this matter is completed,” the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Authorities believe there may be more casualties. Anyone with information about the investigation is asked to call Detective Rachel Young at 1-800-78-CRIME (27463).
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Fox News Digital reached out to the Yucaipa Calimesa Unified School District for a statement, but did not hear back. There are no additional details at this time.