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Tara Stumph jailed teacher to sue teen victim she violated for ruining her reputation

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Tara Stumph defamaton lawsuit former Arroyo Grande High School teacher convicted earlier this year of having sex with a 16-year-old student has responded to a lawsuit from that student’s family by filing a counterclaim, alleging the victim has defamed her “to various classmates, family and other members of the community.” Tara Stumph pleaded no contest in April to having sex with a person under 18 and was sentenced to 180 days in jail, a sentence she started serving May 1. Both Stumph and her former employer, Lucia Mar School District, were named as defendants in a lawsuit by the victim’s family. The victim’s family and the school district are set to enter a binding mediation process with Santa Barbara mediator Henry Bongiovi. Stumph’s teaching license was revoked after her conviction, but she will not be required to register as a sex offender upon her release from San Luis Obispo County Jail. She alleges in her counterclaim that the victim’s statements damaged her reputation and career. Stumph is suing for indemnity for any judgments rendered against her, a judicial determination that any injuries to the plaintiff were caused by the school district, civil damages and attorneys fees and costs. The next hearing in the civil case is scheduled for Oct. 12.
Tara Stumph defamation lawsuit
Tara Stumph defamaton lawsuit: Pictured the former Arroyo Grande High School teacher with her firefighter husband and their children. Images via social media

Tara Stumph defamation lawsuit: A former Arroyo Grande High School teacher convicted of having sex with a 16-year-old student has alleged her male victim ruined her reputation.

Tara Yvonne Stumph a former California culinary arts teacher currently serving jail time after having sex with a teen student has launched a defamation lawsuit against her former student victim after claiming the boy, ‘ruined’ her reputation.

The suit comes in the midst of Stumph currently serving a 180 day jail sentence after being being sentenced in April after pleading no content to one count of sex with a minor.

At the time of her initial arrest, Stumph faced five sex charges after an eight-month probe. But a plea deal got the blonde teacher down to only one charge against her.

The civil suit cites the former Arroyo Grande High School teacher accusing her male student victim of defaming her ‘to various classmates, family and other members of the community’, reports the San Luis Obispo Tribune.

Stumph is set to released next week after serving just half her sentence, according to jail records.

Her teaching license has been revoked but she will not have to register as a sex offender after her release.

But it gets better. Brace yourselves.

Tara Stumph defamation lawsuit
Tara Stumph defamation lawsuit: Pictured the former Arroyo Grande High School teacher with her firefighter husband.

Of note, Stumph’s suit comes after the teen victim’s previously named Stumph and the Lucia Mar Unified School District in their own suit, claiming the woman had victimized at least one other student.

It is unknown whether that claim is the basis of Stumph’s countersuit for defamation.

The victim’s suit claimed Stumph ‘molested him during and after class and sent nude pictures and sexually explicit videos of herself to him’.

Noted filed court documents: ‘The sexual abuse and exploitation of (the victim), and the circumstances under which it occurred, caused (him) to develop various psychological coping mechanisms, which reasonably made him incapable of ascertaining that Stumph’s conduct was harmful to him.’

Social media posts describe Stumph as a married mother-of-three, married to a firefighter.

Prior to her incarceration, Stumph taught at Arroyo Grande High School where she was previously awarded regional occupation Teacher of the Year. 

A hearing in her civil case is due in October.

Tara Stumph defamation lawsuit
Tara Stumph defamation lawsuit: Pictured the former Arroyo Grande High School teacher with her firefighter husband and their children.
Tara Stumph defamation lawsuit
Tara Stumph defamation lawsuit: Pictured the former Arroyo Grande High School teacher
Tara Stumph defamation lawsuit
Tara Stumph defamation lawsuit: Pictured Tara Yvonne Stumph and friend.