New case opened against former Carlsbad teacher

CARLSBAD — The San Diego County District Attorney’s office has filed another molestation case against a former Carlsbad elementary school teacher already charged with the molestation of two of his students, a prosecutor said Oct. 13.
Deputy District Attorney Kelly Mok said her office filed the new case last week against Raymond Firth after a third victim came forward following the preliminary hearing in May. She said the two cases would likely be joined following the new case’s preliminary hearing, which is scheduled for Oct. 20 at the San Diego Superior Courthouse in Vista.
Mok said the recent filing alleges two more counts of committing a lewd act upon a child under the age of 14 relating to one of his students from the 2006-2007 school year.
Firth, of Carlsbad, is now charged with six counts of committing a lewd act upon a child under the age of 14. If convicted, the 37-year-old could be sentenced to prison and have to register as a sex offender, according to court documents.
Firth, who taught at Carlsbad’s Pacific Rim Elementary School, has pleaded not guilty to the charges relating to his initial case.
A call made to a phone number listed to Raymond Firth was not immediately returned.
Mok said she could not comment further about the details of the new case.
According to court records from Firth’s first case, the first two victims, who were in his third-grade class during the 2006-2007 and 2007-2008 school years, didn’t know each other. Their parents reported the incidents to the school and police last summer.
One victim told authorities Firth would touch her when the two were alone in the classroom, while the other victim said Firth molested her while she used the classroom’s computer, Carlsbad police Detective Dennis Brunner wrote in an affidavit supporting the arrest warrant. The latter victim said Firth had his female students sit on his lap while they used the class computer, according to the arrest warrant.
Another student, who is not a victim in either case, acknowledged that Firth did have girls sit on his lap, but she said she never experienced or saw him touch anyone inappropriately, according to the affidavit.
Torrie Norton, an assistant superintendent for Carlsbad Unified School District, said Firth resigned in October 2007 after teaching second and third grade at the school since March 2000.
Firth remains out of custody on $250,000 bail. His next scheduled court appearance is an Oct. 16 readiness conference.

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  1. Justin Thorp says:

    And it gets even better for CUSD! Amazing that a newspaper — and a free one at that — can stay on top of things for the benefit of the people more so than the actual district.

    http://tiny.cc/mrthorp

  2. cusdparent says:

    As a parent of one of the victims in the case I owe a thank you to The Coast News for covering this. We learned of what happened after reading the original article and asking our child about it. I am disgusted with the laws that force the school to protect the rights of animals like this and keep the parents in the dark for years after something like this has happened.

  3. Justin Thorp says:

    cusdparent: “Laws” are often just pieces of human made ignorance (!) multiplied to a ridiculous degree. There is never a valid excuse to ignore the greater needs of personhood and responsibility as CUSD decides to do. You gotta have spunk! How much is not coming out on this or other matters? Believe me, had I found out the exact details on Ray while still working happily at PacRim, you’d still have found me yelling from the mountain top — “laws,” job security, etc. be damned.

    Anyway… off my soapbox for now. It saddens me to learn of your family’s involvement here, but I echo your thanks to The Coast News.

    http://tiny.cc/mrthorp

  4. C. S. says:

    Would be interested in knowing how principal Robert Devich, if he wasn’t employed by CUSD but was purely the father of a now second grader at Pacific Rim, would expect a situation like Mr. Firth’s handled? Any different from how it has?

  5. LJ0255 says:

    As usual, the pervs get protection. My daughter was also in proximity to this teacher. Instead of engaging in gossip, I asked a school official and was given a vague answer about this teacher took personal leave and had “privacy” rights. I only asked months after he left – hearing a comment “here & there”. This should have been public – a molester in the midst of children – and he needs the protection…on second thought…yes, he does!

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