Former Nevada County teacher faces sex-related charges in Placer County |

Former Nevada County teacher faces sex-related charges in Placer County

Therese Holbrook
Placer County Sheriff’s Office |

Statement from Forest Charter School Director Peter Sagebiel:

As you may know, a former employee of Forest Charter School (“FCS”) has been arrested for an alleged crime involving inappropriate behavior with a minor.

To the extent FCS has any information necessary to law enforcement, FCS would like to assure the School community that it intends to fully cooperate fully in any such investigation.

At this time, while the School has little information concerning the arrest, we have been advised that the alleged victim was not and is not a student of the School or the school district.

Please be assured that, at the time of her employment with FCS, this employee was lawfully cleared to work at the School through a thorough criminal background and reference check and worked for over ten (10) years without any complaints of any kind being filed against her.

Although FCS cannot legally provide any additional personnel information about this former employee, FCS wishes to ensure all FCS stakeholders and the community that the safety and well-being of all of it students is paramount. To that end, FCS maintains strict policies and provides periodic training to ensure professional boundaries are respected at all times.

If you should have any questions regarding this matter, please contact Peter Sagebiel at (530) 265-4823.

A former Nevada County teacher faces accusations that she had sex with a 17 year old male in Placer County, authorities said.

Gina Therese Holbrook, 45, of Foresthill, is charged with having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor, oral copulation with a minor and digital penetration with a minor.

Arrested on Thursday, Holbrook has since made her $75,000 bond, the Placer County Sheriff’s Office said.

The allegations occurred in Placer County, though Holbrook was a supervising teacher at Forest Charter School in Nevada City when they occurred. Holbrook was not the student’s teacher, authorities and school officials added.

According to reports, the sexual relationship began late last year and ended eight months later.

“They happened at different locations,” Lt. Troy Minton-Sander said. “Some of it took place in her vehicle. Some of it, from what we understand, might have taken place at her home.”

Holbrook, who started at the school in August 2004, left the job on Sept. 28, said Peter Sagebiel, executive director of the school. The investigation into Holbrook began two days later, authorities said.

No complaints were made about Holbrook during her employment, Sagebiel said.

He added that the law prohibited him from discussing the reasons for Holbrook’s departure.

Placer County authorities began their investigation after receiving a tip through the Foresthill school system about inappropriate conduct and behavior, Minton-Sander said. They arrested Holbrook almost a week later.

Minton-Sander said authorities received an unrelated tip about Holbrook in March. Holbrook allegedly approached a fellow staff member at that time and said she “messed up” by having sex with a minor.

Authorities investigated that accusation and discovered the other person was, in fact, an adult, Minton-Sander said.

“The one in March ended up being a completely different individual,” he added.

To contact Staff Writer Alan Riquelmy, email or call 530-477-4239.

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