Guadalupe teacher accused of lewd act in Cal Poly library

A 35-year-old Guadalupe junior high school teacher has been charged with committing a lewd act that allegedly occurred in the Cal Poly library in October.

James Ungricht, 35, was recently arrested for the incident, which the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office has described as a “solo act.” Prosecutors say there were no victims, only witnesses. Assistant District Attorney Lee Cunningham said the maximum punishment Ungricht faces is one year in county jail.

Ungricht is listed as a 6th grade science teacher at Kermit McKenzie Jr. High. However, he reportedly serves primarily as a math teacher at the school. He also is a graduate student at Cal Poly.

Guadalupe Union School District Superintendent Ed Cora released a statement saying, upon notification of the allegations, Ungricht was immediately placed on administrative leave, which stipulates that he must not enter district property. Cora also said the district launched an investigation.

“Although the issues are being investigated by the district, there is no evidence suggesting that the teacher’s conduct involves district schools or students. The district will take all necessary and advisable steps to assure student safety while the investigation proceeds, including cooperating with law enforcement, and we will keep the teacher on leave and off campus until the conclusion of the investigation,” Cora said in the statement.

The Cal Poly Police Department requests that anyone who has information that might aid the investigation contact Detective Henriksen at (805) 756-5566.