LOS BANOS, CALIFORNIA — A California teacher and his girlfriend were arrested yesterday on student sex charges.
Teacher Gary Bettencourt, 40, was charged along with girlfriend Devyn Egan, 22, after a five-month investigation, according to a press release by the Los Banos Police Department.
Egan is one of Bettencourt’s former students, according to local ABC affiliate KFSN.
Bettencourt taught at Los Banos High School from 2002 to 2010 and has worked at Pacheco High School since then, KFSN reported. He is an English and drama teacher and head of the school’s theater group, according to Pacheco High’s official website.
Bettencourt is accused of having sex with at least two teenage students.
Los Banos police interviewed a female victim, now aged 18, who reported having a sexual relationship with Bettencourt, according to the police press release.
The victim said the relationship began early last year, when she was 17, and one of Bettencourt’s students. The victim told police the relationship lasted until June last year, when she graduated high school.
The victim also told investigators she had a sexual relationship with Bettencourt’s girlfriend Egan.
During the course of the investigation, police identified a second female victim, who was also a former Bettencourt student, according to the police press release.
The second victim, now 27, told investigators she had a sexual relationship with Bettencourt between the ages of 15 and 17.
Only the first victim reported having a sexual relationship with Egan.
Detectives seized computers, other electronic devices and DNA evidence during searches at Bettencourt’s home and Pacheco High School.
Police have not ruled out the possibility there are more victims, the Merced Sun-Star reported.
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