Sacto 9-1-1
July 12, 2013
Former Pocket-area teacher serving jail time after sexual misconduct

A former Pocket-area teacher is serving a year-long sentence in county jail after he pleaded no contest to molesting a female student.

Sacramento police arrested Michael Di Gino, now 38, in September after the student came forward with the allegations of sexual misconduct. Until school leaders fired him as a result of the allegations, Di Gino had been a language arts teacher at the fourth-through-eighth-grade Merryhill School on Park City Drive.

Prosecutors charged Di Gino with eight felony counts, but six were dismissed in a Feb. 1 hearing. At that hearing, Di Gino pleaded no contest to the remaining two felony charges: lewd acts with a child and oral copulation with a minor, according to Sacramento Superior Court records available online.

Di Gino was sentenced to a year in jail and five years of formal, searchable probation. He is being housed at the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center.

Merryhill is a nonsectarian chain of private schools. Di Gino had taught at the Pocket-area campus for 14 years before he was fired. The molestation occurred on campus, police said at the time of the arrest.

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