Visalia authorities investigating teacher case
FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- Action News has learned more about a Visalia Unified teacher accused of having sexual encounters with a student.
Lianne Trout is free on bail after she posted bond early Friday morning.
After her arrest, the 27-year-old teacher resigned from her job as a special education teacher.
Lianne Trout had only been on the job a few months, but in that short time investigators believe she had a sexual relationship with a student.
Visalia police got the tip Wednesday, and by Thursday trout was taken into custody.
At Trout's home in Auberry, no one was home Friday morning except her family's animals.
But 72 miles away, investigators in Visalia were hard at work piecing together details about what happened between the new teacher and her 16-year-old former student.
Visalia Police Chief Colleen Mestas says several interviews have been conducted about the crimes, which are believed to have taken place multiple times over the past month.
"It's a very lengthy investigation, like you can imagine some of these are. Especially when you are dealing with sexual incidents when most of the incidents can occur behind closed doors without witnesses and we are dealing with adults and juveniles in this case," Mestas said.
Not long after her arrest, Trout resigned from her job. She was hired in August to teach as a resource specialist and special day teacher at Mount Whitney High School.
Action News has learned the student involved is a male who has a slight learning disability.
Once investigators got the tip, Visalia Police wasted no time tracking down details about where the alleged incidents took place. They were not on campus, but were in the City of Visalia.
"I think that teacher's, government workers, anyone that has the public trust is responsible is responsible for the public trust. And that's why we take these matters very serious," Mestas said.
So far, authorities say this appears to be an isolated case. Trout is married and has a young daughter.
Since Trout bailed out of jail, the district attorney has 30 days to file charges.
Trout is set to make her first court appearance Jan. 11.
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