SAN JOSE, California – On Wednesday, San Jose music teacher was charged with repeatedly molesting 2 female students over a period of years, starting when each of them was 13, police say.
Samuel Neipp, 34, of Gilroy, was arrested on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under 14 years of age (13 at that time), possession of child pornography, oral copulation, and extortion and booked into the Santa Clara County Jail.
He faces a maximum punishment of more than 100 years to life in state prison if he is convicted, prosecutor Michel Amaral said Wednesday outside court.
The suspect used his position of authority as the victim’s music teacher at Dartmouth Middle School to exploit his victims, he threatened to post nude photos of the victims, according to police
Neipp’s attorney, Sam Polverino, argued he was not a flight risk. Neipp did not speak.
The accusations appeared recently after Neipp allegedly threatened to post nude photos online of one of his victims, now 16, Amaral said. The girl has accused him of molesting her for about three years.
The other victim, now 20, came forward after he had been arrested. She said the abuse went on for 2 years.
Amaral said police suspect there could be other victims and encouraged them to come forward.
“Although we have two victims right now, the investigation is just started,” Amaral said.
Neipp worked full-time at the middle school from 2010 until earlier this month. He also worked as a band and music teacher on a limited basis at two other schools, Branham High and Campbell Adult and Community Education.
Anyone, who has any information about this or other incidents, Please, contact Detective Sgt. Brian Spears of the San Jose Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children/Child Exploitation Detail by calling at (408) 537-1397.