A female Livermore high school teacher has pleaded not guilty to 24 felony counts that allege that she sexually assaulted a 14-year-old male student from December 2010 to May 2011.
Marie Johnson, 41, who taught math at Granada High School, entered her not guilty plea on Thursday and is scheduled to return to Alameda County Superior Court in Pleasanton on April 6 for a pretrial hearing. She remains in custody at the Alameda County Jail in lieu of $950,000 bail.
Investigators believe Johnson and the boy, who is now 15, formed their relationship through text messages, social networking on Facebook and through Zynga's game "Words with Friends," Goard said.
Livermore police Detective Joseph Draghi said in a probable cause arrest warrant filed in court that when police interviewed Johnson after she was arrested on Jan. 11 that she "admitted to committing the above-listed violations," referring to the charges against her.
Johnson is charged with four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 16 and 10 counts each of oral copulation of a person under 16 and performing lewd acts on a child.
Draghi said the alleged victim, who is now 15, told a high school coach on Jan. 10 that "he was a victim of repeated molestation" and the student "provided a detailed statement of a long term sexual relationship with Johnson."
Livermore police spokesman Steve Goard said authorities allege that Johnson began having sex with the boy shortly after he finished taking a class from her in December 2010 and sexually assaulted the boy 24 times over a six-month period.
Police believe the alleged sexual assaults occurred in Johnson's car and in other undisclosed locations in Livermore, according to Goard.
On a side note, Zynga released statistics on Valentine's Day showing that other people are getting more out of WWF than just improved grammar skills. Out of 100,000 WWF players surveyed, one in 10 said playing the game had led directly to a hookup.
Bay City News contributed to this report.