Male Teen Files Lawsuit After He Had Lots Of Sex With Biology Teacher And She Bought Him An Xbox
San Pedro High teacher Michelle Yeh, 28, was arrested July 17, 2015, on suspicion of sexually abusing a 15-year-old student. (Los Angeles Police Department)
The mother of a male teenager who repeatedly had sex with San Pedro High School biology teacher is now suing the teacher and the Los Angeles school district for monetary damages, alleging negligence, breach of mandatory duty and sexual abuse.
The teacher at the center of the lawsuit is Michelle Yeh, 29. She was sentenced to four years in prison on Jan. 15 after pleading no contest to multiple felony and misdemeanor charges stemming from the molestation of at least three students.
The plaintiff, identified only as John Doe, alleged Michelle Yeh drugged him and gave him alcohol to induce him into a sexual relationship.
Police say Yeh, 29, had sex with a small gaggle of male teenagers.
The felony counts included engaging in sexual intercourse with a minor under 16, oral copulation of a minor under 16 and committing a lewd act on a child. She also pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count each of child molestation involving a 16-year-old boy and to violating a court order not to have any contact with the three teens. Prosecutors said she texted one of the victims.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff, now 16 years old, was 15 when he was abused by Yeh. The teacher, 28 years old at the time, was the boy’s 10th grade biology teacher, the suit states.
Yeh initially flirted with the teen and showed him favoritism, then escalated her conduct to sexual molestation, the suit alleges. She bought the boy video games and tennis shoes and also took him to Disneyland and to restaurants, the suit states.
“She also provided plaintiff with marijuana, alcohol and prescription drugs such as Xanax,” the suit states. “After drinking alcohol and abusing drugs, Yeh would engage in sexual intercourse with John Doe.”
Yeh began abusing the boy last May or June and continued to do so at school, in his home and at “other locations in the community” until the teen’s mother learned of the teacher’s misconduct when he confided in her on July 21, the suit states.
Yeh has caused “irreparable harm to John Doe,” the suit states.
The complaint further alleges that the LAUSD was negligent in its supervision of Yeh and also in not properly overseeing the boy to make sure he was safe.
Yeh must register as a sex offender for the rest of her life after she is released from prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Yeh became a permanent substitute teacher in February 2015 and pursued relationships with several male students, according to prosecutors.