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San Jose: Leigh High School teacher arrested after rape allegation in 2000s

SAN JOSE — A longtime Leigh High School teacher was 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 Police Department Jose.

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

The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office 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 to the Campbell Union High School District office March 8 for what police called “a late report of sexual assault of a minor.” Police said multiple assaults took place between 2002 and 2003.

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

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