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Former Lakewood High School teacher pleads to sexually abusing student

Mary Jahn Lakewood High School

Mary Jahn, a former Lakewood High School English teacher and faculty advisor for the school’s gay-straight alliance student group, faces three years in prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender for sexually abusing a 15-year-old female student. Photo: Google Street View.

LONG BEACH — A former Lakewood High School English teacher and faculty advisor for the school’s gay-straight alliance student group faces three years in prison and lifetime registration as a sex offender for sexually abusing a 15-year-old female student.

Mary Jahn, 53, is scheduled to be sentenced November 30 at the Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse.

Mary Jahn Lakewood High School

Mary Jahn pictured in the Lakewood High School yearbook.

Jahn, 53, who identifies as a lesbian and taught at Lakewood High from 2006 to May 2017, pleaded no contest Friday to one count of a lewd act with a child. Jahn entered her the plea moments before opening statements were scheduled to begin in her trial.

The former student, 25, who reported the abuse to officials in 2017, was sexually abused from July 2008 to July 2011, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The District Attorney’s Office charged Jahn in September. Jahn initially was charged with four counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object, three counts of lewd acts upon a child and two counts of oral copulation of a person under 18.

As part of the plea agreement, eight of the counts were dismissed and the former student would not have to testify at a trial, said Deputy District Attorney Troy Davis.

In September, Jahn’s attorney, Leonard Levine, said Jahn “adamantly denies the charges.”

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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