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San Clemente middle school teacher charged with lewd acts

Middle school teacher Richard Rack is seen in this file photo. He was arrested in June 2012 for child annoyance and later charged with lewd acts involving three students.

June 21, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
A 50-year-old teacher in San Clemente is facing numerous charges involving at least three of his young female students, according to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

Richard Rack of Shorecliffs Middle School was arrested June 6 for child annoyance. Upon executing a search warrant on Rack's home, investigators reportedly found evidence on his cell phone that tied him to a 14-year-old student. The girl told investigators she had sex with Rack and had been in contact with him the week he was arrested.

Two other students have also come forward with accusations against Rack. One girl claimed Rack convinced her to send nude pictures of herself to him, and another girl accused the teacher of telling her to wear low cut tops and said he would also hug and kiss her.

Rack is facing charges of oral copulation and lewd acts. Classes at Shorecliffs Middle School are out for the summer.

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