SAN JOSE, California – On Wednesday, a San Jose music teacher was charged with repeatedly molesting 2 female students over a period of years. The incidents started when each of them was 13, police say.
Police arrested Samuel Neipp, 34, of Gilroy, 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, prosecutor Michel Amaral said Wednesday.
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.
San Jose Teacher Threatened to Post Nude Photos
The accusations appeared recently after Neipp allegedly threatened to post nude photos online of one of his victims. That victim is now 16, Amaral said. The girl has accused him of molesting her for about three years.
The other victim, now 20, came forward after the arrest. 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.