FAIRFIELD — A teacher at Willis Jepson Middle School in Vacaville pleaded no contest Tuesday to a felony violation of the Gun-Free School Zone Act.
Bobby D. Chambers, 54, was arrested in May 2013 at the school after Vacaville police received a tip from an ex-girlfriend of Chambers that contraband could be found in Chambers’ car, which was parked in front of the school.
Chambers was ordered to return to court May 6 for sentencing. He remains out of jail after posting $44,600 bail shortly after his arrest.
His defense attorney, Jon-Paul Valcarenghi, declined to comment on the specifics of the plea deal reached with prosecutors. In exchange for his plea to the felony charge, prosecutors agreed to drop cocaine and marijuana possession charges.
The police search of Chambers’ car turned up a loaded Derringer-style pistol, a box of ammunition, four grams of cocaine, a marijuana pipe and several containers of marijuana, according to court records.
Because the gun was found within 1,000 feet of school grounds, Chambers faces up to five years in prison.
After arresting Chambers, police got a search warrant for his home in Chico in Butte County. The search of the home turned up more marijuana, guns and ammo and prescription medications that were seized by police. Butte County authorities have not filed charges against Chambers.
Another Vacaville teacher who ran afoul of the law pleaded no contest earlier this month to a pair of misdemeanor charges for his actions with a female student. Rodney Orosco, 48, is scheduled to be sentenced April 29 for a child endangerment charge and a charge of making harassing phone calls.
At Orosco’s probable cause hearing, Vacaville police described Orosco and one of his female sophomore English students exchanging 5,749 text messages between September 2012 and April 2013, and that Orosco had admitted to kissing the girl.
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