Danielle Matko teacher found guilty of performing oral sex on minor student: Authorities recovered illicit photo of teacher on cellphone.
Danielle Matko a 35 year old Belmont, California teacher was on Monday found guilty of performing oral sex on a 15 year old student.
Appearing in court, the former East Palo Alto Aspire Phoenix Academy teacher was convicted on four counts following her arrest in December 2015.
The Mercury News reported Matko being found guilty of oral copulation on a minor and three counts of lewd acts on a minor age 14 or 1t.
The former English teacher faces conviction on additional charges, as a jury was slated on Wednesday to consider whether Matko is guilty of sex crimes allegedly committed against another student.
She could receive up to six years in prison. Matko will also have to register as a sex offender.
‘Female teachers who commit offenses such as this are fairly few and far between,’ San Mateo County Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti said.
‘But we see it.’
Neither Matko, her attorney, or her former employer, Aspire, sought to comment following the jury’s Monday verdict.
Of note, Matko denied the allegations against her, electing not to testify during her trial.
Danielle Matko teacher refuses to testify on her behalf, arguing her victims made up stories against her:
A report via paloaltoonline told of Matko pleading not guilty in January 2016. She denied the allegations and said the boys were making up the acts.
Authorities said that the encounters between Matko and the student took place between September 1 and November 14 of 2015.
Prosecutors say that on one occasion, she and the student were talking when she flashed her bare breasts and allowed the student to touch them.
Matko also touched the boy in an intimate area.
On another occasion, Matko performed oral sex on the boy. These encounters took place either during free periods or after school noted x.
But there’s more.
Prosecutors accuse Matko of doing the same with another student, who was also 15 years old at the time.
Authorities said they recovered a photo taken on the cell phone from one of the victims showing Matko’s naked torso.
‘There was no doubt it was her,’ Guidotti said.
One of the boys told friends about the encounters, who in turn notified a lawyer. The lawyer then reported the incident to police.
To date it remains unclear why the former female teacher elected to abuse her position of power, trust and authority when she sexually preyed on the boys. The woman’s conviction follows a series of other high profile cases of female teachers sexually abusing male students.