A teacher pleaded not guilty Friday to more than 20 felony counts involving a teenage girl who was one of his former fifth-grade students.
Sean David Sigler, 53, of Burbank, is charged with five counts of oral copulation of a person under 18, four counts of using a minor for sex acts, three counts each of unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under 16 and sodomy of a person under 18 and two counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a person under 18, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
He is also charged with one count each of sodomy of a person under 16, oral copulation of a person under 16, sexual penetration by a foreign object of a person under 16 and possession of more than 600 images of child or youth pornography, along with a misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Prosecutors allege that the crimes were between September 2016 and December 2017 and began when she was 15.
Sigler was arrested last month in connection with an investigation by Burbank police detectives.
The teenager “reported having a recent sexual encounter with an adult male who she first met while in the fifth grade at Gardner Street Elementary School in the city of Los Angeles,” Burbank police Sgt. Derek Green said last month.
Sigler worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District from March 1998 to June 2016, and then began teaching at Bret Harte Elementary School in Burbank, Green said.
“There is no information to suggest any of the alleged incidents occurred in a Burbank school,” the police sergeant said. “At this time, the allegations against Sigler appear to be isolated and there is no information to suggest there are other victims or any students at risk.”
The Burbank Unified School District could not be reached for immediate comment on Sigler’s status with the district following his arraignment.
Sigler was placed on leave by the Burbank Unified School District, Superintendent Matt Hill said last month.
“The Burbank Unified School District takes these allegations against Mr. Sigler very seriously,” Hill said then. “We will cooperate fully with the police investigation and will also conduct our own internal investigation into this matter.”
Sigler is free on $550,000 bond and is due back in a Burbank courtroom March 23, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.
If convicted as charged, he could face more than 16 years in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.