Jury Clears Helix Teacher of Most Serious Charges

LA MESA — A Helix High School administrator who had faced charges of contributing to the deliquency of a minor was cleared of the most serious charges by a jury on Monday.
The jury in the El Cajon Superior Court proceeding also acquitted the former administrator, Joshua Stepner, of a misdemeanor charge of conspiracy to obstruct justice.
Stepner was convicted of one misdemeanor charge, obstructing or delaying a peace officer.
He was immediately sentenced to three years of probation, fined $550 and ordered to do five days of public service work.
Stepner was charged last October after reports that he gave a 16-year-old student a ride to a bus station in September. The student was reportedly having troubles at home and wanted to visit relatives in Oregon.
Stepner was fired by the charter school after he was charged because school policy bans employees from having students in their vehicles. Stepner's case was one of several that caused a rift between the Helix administration and officials of the Grossmont Unified High School District, which had complained that the Helix administration failed to properly inform the board of discipline problems among Helix personnel.

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