A 34-year-old San Jose music teacher was arraigned today on charges that he had a sexual relationship with two female students dating back to 2010, according to prosecutors. Samuel Neipp, a music teacher at Dartmouth Middle School and both Branham and Del Mar high schools, was charged with having sexual relations with one student, known as Jane Doe I, several times from December 2014 to April 2015 and another, known as Jane Doe II, at various times between 2013 to 2015.
Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Michel Amaral said the conduct of Neipp wasn’t necessarily forceful. “But I would call it coercive,” he said. “Both of the relationships started at the age of 13. When you have someone in a position of authority like that … it’s never really consensual in that type of situation.” Amaral said Jane Doe I came forward after Neipp threatened to post nude photos of her online. “To our knowledge, the extortion aspects of the case happened towards the end, and that’s when the victim notified police and that’s what got the investigation rolling.”
San Jose police said that Jane Doe I said that Neipp had her orally copulate his genitals 15 times and he copulated her genitals at least five times when she was 13. When she was 14, Doe I claimed the two had sexual intercourse three times. Doe
I also claimed the he orally copulated her genitals at least five times. The entire time during their relationship, the two exchanged nude photos and sexually explicit videos of each other, police said. Jane Doe II – who is now 20, police said, was a student at Dartmouth Middle School in 2010 and 13 years old at the time. Police said that Jane Doe II claims that Neipp had her to masturbate his penis on at least two different occasions.
Police said that defendant claims those acts, along with oral copulation and mutual masturbation, occurred at least five separate times in that time frame. Amaral asked for bail to be set at $5 million, but a Santa Clara County judge placed it at $2.325 million.
An attorney for Neipp claimed at the hearing that the charges were nothing but accusations, that Neipp has no prior record, that he wasn’t a flight risk and supporters of his were in attendance in the audience at the arraignment. Amaral said the investigation is brand new and others who may have been victims of Neipp are encouraged to come forward.
“We can’t be strong enough in our encouragement for (other victims) to come forward and let the police know about it so they can get justice and we can strengthen our case,” Amaral said.
If convicted, Neipp will face 25 years to life in prison, Amaral said. His next court date is Nov. 14.
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