Vacaville police arrested a middle school teacher this morning after a loaded firearm and drugs were found in his parked car on campus, police said. A credible source contacted officials of Willis Jepson Middle School at 580 Elder St. around 10 a.m. today to report 53-year-old teacher Bobby Chambers of Chico had a loaded weapon and marijuana in his vehicle, Sgt. Kim Humbert said. School officials contacted a Vacaville Police Youth Services officer who investigated the report, Humbert said.
Chambers was contacted by Vacaville police and consented to a search of his vehicle, Humbert said. Officers found a loaded handgun, cocaine, less than an ounce of marijuana and ammunition in the vehicle, Humbert said. Chambers was arrested for possession of a gun in a school zone, possession of cocaine, possession of ammunition on school grounds and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana on school grounds, Humbert said.
Chambers has been teaching in the district since 2007 and in California since 1999, Vacaville Unified School District Superintendent John Niederkorn said. The school district’s administration received a call from a woman who identified herself as Chambers’ ex-girlfriend, Niederkorn said. The woman said Chambers had a gun in the car and used illegal drugs on campus, Niederkorn said.
The district notified Vacaville police who then interviewed Chambers. Niederkorn said he is “shocked and disappointed” a public school educator would place himself in personal and professional jeopardy. Chambers is the second Vacaville Unified School District teacher arrested in the past 24 hours. Rodney Orosco, 47, an English teacher at Vacaville High School, was arrested Wednesday night on suspicion of committing lewd or lascivious acts with a juvenile student, police said.
Text messages from the girl’s phone supported the allegations, police Sgt. Chris Polen said. Orosco allegedly kissed the girl on three separate occasions. Orosco turned himself in to police Wednesday evening. He was placed on paid administrative leave on April 15.
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