|For Immediate Release
Case # 07WF1039
December 17, 2008
|Susan Kang Schroeder
Public Affairs Counsel
JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL TEACHER CONVICTED
OF MOLESTING 14-YEAR-OLD FEMALE STUDENT
IN HOTELS AND CAR
WESTMINSTER – A junior high school teacher was convicted today of molesting his 14-year-old female student in Orange County hotels and in his car. Daniel Axtell, 38, Santa Ana, pleaded guilty to the court to six felony counts of lewd acts on a 14-year-old child, one felony count of sexual penetration by foreign object of a minor, and one felony count of first degree burglary. He faces a maximum sentence of five years in state prison at his sentencing on March, 17, 2009, at the Central Justice Center in Santa Ana. The Department is to be determined.
Axtell met 14-year-old Jane Doe while teaching at Talbert Middle School in Huntington Beach, where the victim was a student. He befriended the victim by consoling her after her parents had an argument and she confided in him about personal problems. The defendant groomed Jane Doe and gained the trust of her parents by acting as a mentor to their daughter and going to the family home for events.
Between April 1, 2005 and June 1, 2005, Axtell had an unlawful sexual relationship with Jane Doe. On multiple occasions the defendant took the victim to hotels and digitally penetrated and had unlawful intercourse with her. He also sexually assaulted the victim in his car. In one hotel, the defendant wrote “Daniel + (victim name)” and drew a heart around it in pen inside a closet door. The victim came forward to law enforcement in 2007 to report the sexual assault.
Deputy District Attorney Nicole Nicholson of the Sexual Assaults Unit is prosecuting the case.