|For Immediate Release
Case # 06SF0670
October 3, 2007
MISSION VIEJO CHRISTIAN SCHOOL TEACHER SENTENCED TO ONE YEAR IN JAIL FOR UNLAWFUL SEX WITH UNDERAGE STUDENT
NEWPORT BEACH – A Mission Viejo Christian School teacher was sentenced today to one year in jail in a court offer for sexually assaulting one of his female students and sexually annoying two other girls whom he met while working as a camp counselor. The Orange County District Attorney’s Office advocated for state prison because the defendant was in a position of trust for his victims and used that to make contact with and take advantage of underage girls.
Armando Lucero, 27, of Lake Forest, pleaded guilty on August 20, 2007 to one felony count of unlawful sexual intercourse, three felony counts of lewd acts on a child, one felony count of oral copulation of a minor under 16, and one felony count of sexual penetration by foreign object of a minor for Jane Doe #1. He was also convicted of two misdemeanor count of child annoyance, one each for Jane Doe #2 and Jane Doe #3.
Lucero, who is married with a child, was an athletic coordinator at Mission Viejo Christian School. Between April 1, 2005 and June 30, 2006, Lucero had an illegal sexual relationship with 14-year-old Jane Doe #1, who was a student at the school. He engaged in sexual intercourse, oral copulation, and digital penetration with the victim. Lucero also gave her gifts and sent her sexual text messages, e-mails, and MySpace messages.
Between December 1, 2005 and February 28, 2006, Lucero sent sexual text messages to Jane Doe #2, an underage girl he met while working as a counselor at an athletic camp. Between June 1, 2003 and September 30, 2004, Lucero kissed Jane Doe #3, another minor girl he met during a camp.
Deputy District Attorney John Haughton of the Sexual Assault Unit prosecuted this case.