OCEANSIDE —A popular North County teacher accused of having unlawful sex with one of his students pleaded not guilty Nov. 23 during his brief arraignment hearing in a Vista courtroom.
Corey Hogue, 37, is charged with two felony counts of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under the age of 16, one felony count of committing a lewd act upon a child under 14 or 15 years of age, and two misdemeanor counts of molestation in connection to an alleged relationship he had with a 15-year-old female student over a two-year period.
Hogue, who is married with two children, was hired in 2006 by the Oceanside Unified School District. He taught physical education and health at Oceanside High School.
In a courtroom filled with his family, friends and students, Hogue— dressed in county jail blues—listened from the holding cell as his attorney addressed the court.
“He is a loyal dependable member of the community,” attorney Paul Wallin told the judge.
Wallin said his client was a “respected teacher” who has resided in San Diego County since 1997.
“Mr. H is not the average person,” Wallin said.
Prior to working for the Oceanside Unified School District, Hogue taught at Orange Glen High School in Escondido, police said.
Deputy District Attorney Vanessa DuVall told the court Hogue was a “predator disguised as a teacher.” She said Hogue was arrested on his way to the victim’s house, who he had told in a police monitored phone call to “say nothing, nothing at all.”
Police said the victim contacted authorities in late October to discuss her relationship with Hogue. The crimes reportedly occurred at Hogue’s residence, according to authorities.
The school district placed Hogue on administrative leave on Oct. 30, police said.
Hogue remains out of custody on $100,000 bail. His next scheduled court appearance is a Dec. 14 readiness conference. A preliminary hearing was set for Jan. 4.