Redwood City Teacher Facing Sexual Abuse, Incest Charges

A substitute teacher at Redwood City High School has been arrested and charged with 24 felony counts of sexual abuse and incest after a student discovered internet porn videos featuring the teacher and her teenage relative.

The student found the footage on a website called PornHub.com and brought it to the attention of the school’s principal. The school shared it with the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office which arrested the teacher, 49-year-old Dawn Giannini, on Oct. 18.

Authorities have not said how Giannini and the girl in the video are related. The victim is 17 years old, but authorities say some of the videos were made when she was just 14.

“We know that this occurred in at least two counties,” San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe told KNTV. “It occurred here in our county, in Redwood City and there was a trip down to Santa Cruz that she took with the victim and there was sexual activity there.”

The charges against Giannini include sex with a minor, incest, sexual intercourse with a minor, sexual penetration by a foreign object and oral copulation. She is being held on $1.75 million bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 5.


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Tuesday, November 20, 2018 - 05:34

The Redwood City School District is preparing to close and/or merge several schools as part of a cost-cutting plan meant to blunt a projected deficit of $10 million over the next three years.