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October 6, 2008
Former history teacher convicted of 11 molestation counts

Gregory J[1]. Rayburn.jpgFrom Bee Metro Staff

Gregory Rayburn, a former Rio Americano High School teacher, was convicted by jury of 11 counts of annoying or molesting a child and one count of sexual battery, the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office said Monday.

Rayburn (left photo), 54, was a history teacher at the school in 2006-2007 when he engaged in multiple acts of sexually explicit and inappropriate behavior towards four of his female students, all under the age of 18, DA Jan Scully said in a press release.

Once deceiving the victim into trying on various articles of revealing clothing, Rayburn

inappropriately touched the victim while adjusting her clothing, the release said. He inappropriately touched the victim again on another occasion, the release said.

In 2005, Rayburn engaged in similar behavior towards several female teenaged students when he was a teacher at Bella Vista High School, the release said. Four former Bella Vista High School student victims testified that Rayburn requested that they dress in provocative clothing so he could take their photograph.

One former student testified that Rayburn pressured her to take a photograph and brought in revealing clothing for her to wear, the release.

"Thanks to the bravery and courage of the victims to report these crimes and testify at trial, this repeat offender will be held accountable for his years of misconduct," said Deputy District Attorney Sheri Greco

Each count is punishable by up to one year in county jail. Rayburn will also be required to register as a sex offender, the release said.

Sentencing is scheduled for Oct. 30.

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