Napa High Teacher Sean Belhumeur Suspended After Sex Charges

The superintendent of the Napa Valley Unified School District issued a statement Tuesday following Monday's arrest of Napa High School math teacher Sean Belhumeur on sex charges for allegedly having a relationship with a 16-year-old student.

The 37-year-old Napa High School on suspicion of sex crimes with a 16-year-old student has posted bail and has been released from the Napa County jail, according to a report by Bay City News Service.

Patrick Sweeney, superintendent of the , issued a statement Tuesday that reads,

A Mathematics teacher was arrested by the Napa Police Department yesterday for an inappropriate relationship with a female student.  

Sean Belhumeur began teaching in the Napa Unified School District on August 17, 2006. Mr. Belhumeur has been placed on administrative leave. He was hired as a full time Mathematics Teacher assigned to Napa High School. 

We feel a deep sense of sadness regarding the impact of these circumstances on the student. Counseling has been offered to the student. School and district staff will continue to work cooperatively with law enforcement to ensure that all laws and procedures are properly followed. 

We remain committed to providing an inspiring and safe educational setting for our students.

Belhumeur is scheduled for arraignment Sept. 18 in Napa County Superior Court, according to Bay City News.

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Rick Nichols August 15, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Havs you ever talked to a teenager?!? Not sexy,this teacher has some low- self-esteem,which now,this young teen might have because of him. Napa, for being such a small down seems to have a teacher, coach, leader of some kind accused of intercourse with a child ; every other month. I thought ppl who liked teens talked on the web to each other? Cant they read the news? Your going to get caught!!! Idiots,thank God!
Ash Leigh August 15, 2012 at 05:27 AM
Really? My grandmother got married at the age of 15, and had her first child at the age of 16. That was common a practice many, many years before her time, too.
Scott Yeager August 15, 2012 at 01:01 PM
Naive or denial?
F Otterbeck August 15, 2012 at 03:41 PM
Lorie, I do not think anyone is advocating that teens become sexually active at a younger age. I think many of us feel that the reality is that some teens at 16 and younger, will have sex. It is a reality, but certainly not ideal.
Ash Leigh August 15, 2012 at 06:37 PM
Lorie, if you look back in history, 1800's-1960's - most women were married by the age of 14 and starting having kids right after. My mother got married and had me, at the age of 16 - and I'm only in my 30s. Yes, it's sad and disgusting. I wasn't have sex (or getting married) at 16. I learned from seeing people struggle because of it all - and rose beyond that. I'm still not going to deny that it's happening.
Anna August 15, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I graduated from napa a few years ago had mr. b as a teacher my freshman year and as a sophmore, even was his TA as a jr. and senior. He was an amazing teacher and a very respectable person. He gave his number to all his students so that we were able to get help on homework whenever it was necessary. He NEVER abused his power! Everyone can make their comments based on the article but there are always two sides to a story and hopefully people can remember we are innocent until proven guilty not the other way around. Who knows this could all be based of a rumor and that rumor will ruin a mans life forever.
Tim Fertiny August 15, 2012 at 08:09 PM
I have to agree with Lorie
chuck2251 August 15, 2012 at 09:05 PM
lack of parental supervision contributes to a lot of crime..
Scott Yeager August 15, 2012 at 10:12 PM
You are correct. It could all be a big misunderstanding.
F Otterbeck August 15, 2012 at 11:02 PM
Or guilt until proven innocent on the part of the girl?
Tim Fertiny August 15, 2012 at 11:40 PM
Thats why there is an investigation in progress, to get a complete picture of what actually happened
Mark Mathews August 15, 2012 at 11:50 PM
While we await for the professionals to perform their investigation, might I suggest (i the spirit of progreesivism) that perhaps, JUST perhaps, it wasnt "sex" afterall, but merely "oral sex," just like former and Impeached President Bill ("Blue Stained Cigar Dress") Clinton taught our youth of the 1990's! Yea, that't it; that's the ticket...
C pridmore August 17, 2012 at 04:09 AM
My daughter was in his class her freshman yr. He was a very exceptional teacher. To date, one of the best that she ever had through her highschool years at NHS. its time that these young girl started taking some responsibility for their actions. They way that these girls dress is completely inapropriate. It takes two to tango !!!!
Ash Leigh August 17, 2012 at 04:13 AM
Yes, as an Adult, he should know better.
Jacqueline Turner August 20, 2012 at 07:41 AM
I want to make it Crystal clear that I do not condone a person of power, especially someone in the position of a teacher to abuse their power, or take advantage of a minor; However, I am appalled at the provocative manner in which so many of the girls between the ages of 14-16 are dressing and acting. That reality show 16 & Pregnant is a reminder of this fact. It would not surprise me if this girl is lying or may have misconstrued the truth because this teacher denied her... Perhaps it's all innocent. We do not have all of the facts here!! This mans life is on the line!! I certainly don't think there is any reason a teacher should be corresponding with a student unless it's school related. Who knows, maybe she was confiding in him about things she felt she could not discuss with her parents. (this does not make it right, but it certainly does not mean he is a pedophile. Let's wait and get the facts before we start convicting. Parents, please be mindful of how your children are dressing and conducting themselves when they are out of your company. I sincerely hope this teacher is innocent and if he does come out of this as an innocent man, gets the justice he deserves. If he in fact has done any wrong doing, he should never be able to teach again. When I taught high school students, they were very aggressive towards me, the boys flirted to a point where It became uncomfortable. I ended up transferring to teach elementary school age children.
Ash Leigh August 20, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Jacqueline, you didn't act on it or take advantage of a crush a student had on you. Which is the proper thing to do. I have a 14yr old daughter. I picked up a few of her friends over the summer to take them to Six Flags, I was surprised how one of their mothers allowed for the short shorts, halter top, full make-up and BELLY BUTTON PIERCE. Her mother took her to get this piercing and the child was certainly showing it off too. Apparently, her mother approved of all this. I don't know if some parents just don't care, or just think it's cute.
Jacqueline Turner August 20, 2012 at 03:30 PM
In this case, I think they should go around the school/community to find out about this girl's reputation. Some parents really need to understand that these children are faced with so much and are being pressured to do things that are not safe or smart. I got the hell out of that school because there was not a day that went by when one of the girls asked to address me by my first name, or one of the boys asked me out for lunch, or said something inappropriate. It was awful! Unfortunately, I felt threatened and unsafe at this high school... By the time I was 9 years old, both of my Parents had already died of cancer. Thank God I had teachers male and female that nurtured and protected me. One teacher even took me into her home and showed me kindness. There was Absolutely nothing " out of school"that occurred... excuse the pun. Mr. B's Facebook page has been taken down, I'm sure it's because of these horrible allegations, but from what I read, he is an exceptional and caring teacher. I sure got that much from the numerous students that adore this caring man. Please keep in mind, girls at 16 are very cunning and can exaggerate the truth. I hope this is the case and the girl can get the help she needs and Mr. B. Can get back to work! Lord only knows we need all of the great teachers we can get and keep! I will cast the first stone if I felt for a second that those emails will reveal anything sexual on the ADULT's part. Let's just wait and see, please stop convicting!!
Scott Yeager August 20, 2012 at 03:35 PM
"Jacqueline's actions explain that in her case, adult women act a bit different than some adult males. [note the difference between men/women and male/females]" You are taking the word of someone and extrapolating from it to make a blanket statement. We are well aware of the difference between men and women. I put into google this information: teacher arrested for sex with student 2012 The resutls are it seems we have a real problem all around the country with this issue and quite a few of them involve women.
Scott Yeager August 20, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Please spare me the condescension. Yes, I am quite aware there is a difference between the male and female sex drive. Ridiculous comment.
Ash Leigh August 20, 2012 at 04:52 PM
50 most infamous female teacher sex scandals. http://www.zimbio.com/The+50+Most+Infamous+Female+Teacher+Sex+Scandals Much difference? It's about the individual, not their sex.
Ace August 27, 2012 at 08:54 PM
You have got to be kidding me!! I don't care if the girl dresses a certian way or tries to suduce him it is his responsibility to say no he is the adult and is supposed to have better judgement. I don't know if this is true or imagined thats for the courts to figure out not me, but if blame is to be had its with the adult not the child. Children make bad decisions everyday it is our job as adults to help them learn from their mistakes not capitolize on them.
Napa resident November 01, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I add one thing to this discussion, you put yourself in situations that you should not be, things happen, they would not have arrested him if all they had was a rumor, he was arrested because they had proof.
Napa resident November 01, 2012 at 12:36 AM
There have been more than 1 allegation, this one had legs. There is nothing respectable about this so called teacher.
Anna November 06, 2012 at 11:14 PM
Napa resident.. That may be your opinion that he is not respectable but you did not know him. You have no idea what happened.. ive known him for years and i know he is innocent.. i feel people forget that it is INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN...
Dro November 06, 2012 at 11:24 PM
You THINK he is innocent. If he is indeed proven innocent it doesn't mean that you knew, just that you were right.
Jacqueline Turner November 07, 2012 at 05:29 PM
When is his court date? I've sent an email asking the editor, I've yet to receive a reply. Best of luck to all involved. This is awful.
Anna November 16, 2012 at 10:10 PM
Dro, that sounds really unintelligent....
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau November 17, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Napa resident (I'll just call you Chester, since you don't have an actual name), you cannot prosecute someone in the media, it must happen in a court. But you knew that, right?
Hooz Cryinow November 17, 2012 at 05:33 AM
Napa resident - you have obviously not had a brush with the law....particularly the Napa law. People get arrested around here ALL the TIME on nothing more than rumor and innuendo. The proof is not a requirementy until cases are presented in court. And Mr. Nichols, your comment was also my 1st thought: For such a small town, we sure do have a lot of this kind of stuff to read about. hoozcryinow


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