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Leigh teacher arrested after 2000s rape allegation


SAN JOSE — A longtime Leigh High School teacher has been arrested and jailed after a former student came forward to authorities to accuse him of raping her in the early 2000s, according to the San Jose Police Department.

Shawn Renee Thomas, 56, of Los Gatos, was arrested and booked Friday into the Elmwood men’s jail in Milpitas. He was initially held on $525,000 bail, with an arraignment scheduled Monday, records show.

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has charged him with one count of rape, one count of sexual penetration of a minor, and five counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a minor.

Investigators were called March 8 to the Campbell Union High School District office for what police called “a delayed report of sexual assault of a minor.” Police stated that multiple assaults occurred between 2002 and 2003.

Detectives from SJPD’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force and Child Exploitation Detail  launched an investigation that produced allegations that Thomas raped and sexually assaulted the reported victim when she was a student and he was a teacher at Leigh High School.

Thomas, a Leigh alum, is listed as a physical education and social science teacher on the school’s website; an internet search indicates that his biographical information was recently deleted from his teacher page. He is also an assistant football coach and track coach at Los Gatos High School, according to police and online records.

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